I was reading a German news piece this week and the word "anachronistic" came up. It's one of those words that I was unfamiliar with and admit it's way outside of my vocabulary.
The meaning? It's when you've built a custom, or a law.....that has many different pieces, from different periods of time. So the law, on a consistent basis....doesn't fit well.
This came up because some cops got around to discussing the newest problem they are facing.
German cops will find an individual who they'd like to put a wire-tap on them. So they start a legal process to have the judge involved and he'll review their requirement. At some point, the cops will then discover that the suspect has two, three, four, and perhaps even five cellphones.
So you would think...one single wire-tap request would be sufficient for this one single guy. Well....no.
The German law in place requires a wire-tap form/approval on a one-phone to one-guy case. So if he had three phones, you'd have to present the three documents to the judge and explain the situation.
It is in essence....extra paperwork. You'd think that judges would be demanding an upgrade or fix to this because of the modern era. But they haven't said much. For cops, it's more paperwork, and unnecessary.