The German Interior Ministry has proposed a new law that would allow authorities to examine asylum seekers’ mobile phones for identity checks without demanding a warrant or consent.
This new bill aims to prevent refugees from using false identities and would facilitate “better enforcement of departure orders,” according to the Interior Ministry. 
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting on February 15, 2017 at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. /CFP Photo
Ever since the Berlin Christmas market attack, the German government has proposed a slew of new, tougher measures. Anis Amri, the Tunisian suspected of being behind the attack, reportedly hid behind 14 different identities.
Around 213,000 asylum seekers have “enforceable departure orders” in Germany, according to foreign registration figures. But deportations are often delayed or hindered when a country of origin denies citizenship, or delays taking them back – as happened in the case of Amri.
Police conduct a …