German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved a four-year extension for a package of terrorism-fighting measures enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The package approved Wednesday allows authorities to continue to access banking and flight data of terrorist suspects. It gives them new powers to access central repositories of that information rather than having to contact individual airlines and banks.
Some measures that were either never used or legally problematic, like tracking mail and post-office box traffic, are being dropped.
Wednesday's agreement, which has to be approved by parliament, also establishes a commission to take a critical look at the full raft of measures implemented after 9/11 and recommend further refinements.