Germany wants access to citizens’ data, sparking new fears

A hidden audio recorder built to fit inside a bedroom door. A tiny camera stashed in a garden birdhouse. Secret odour-samplers embedded into living rooms sofa to collect signature body scents, to be stored for future use so sniffer dogs can track surveillance targets.

These are just some of the ingenious devices used by the East German State Security Police — better known as the Stasi — between 1950 and 1990 to spy on private citizens, many of which are now on display at the Stasi Museum in Berlin.

Yet these devices pale in comparison to the smartphone in your pocket or the