German police have developed a Shazam-like app to identify neo-Nazi music and its followers.
Der Spiegel reports that the prototype can identify neo-Nazi music by analyzing a brief sample. The technology is intended to identify music on internet radio stations and at neo-Nazi gatherings. It was developed by Saxony police because neo-Nazis typically use music to lure young people into hate groups.
Last year, the Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors imposed sales restrictions on 79 pieces of neo-Nazi and racist music.
A government assessment said the app helps to lighten resources and enable quick investigations. Interior ministers will meet this week to discuss the technology. Der Spiegel says “lawyers need to determine whether the automatic identification of music being played in a hall would constitute acoustic surveillance“.
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