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A Tinfoil Curtain Descends Across The Continent

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26210053

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing building up a European communications network to help improve data protection.

It would avoid emails and other data automatically passing through the United States.

In her weekly podcast, she said she would raise the issue on Wednesday with French President Francois Hollande.

Revelations of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have prompted huge concern in Europe.

Disclosures by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden suggested even the mobile phones of US allies, such as Mrs Merkel, had been monitored by American spies.

Classified NSA documents revealed that large amounts of personal data are collected from the internet by US and British surveillance.

Mrs Merkel criticised the fact that Facebook and Google can be based in countries with low levels of data protection while carrying out business in nations that offer more rigorous safeguards.

"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic," she said.

"Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."

Sensitive There was no doubt that Europe had to do more in the realm of data protection, she said.

A French official was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that the government in Paris planned to take up the German initiative.

Personal privacy is a sensitive issue in Germany where extensive surveillance was carried out under the Nazis and in communist East Germany.

A foreign policy spokesman for Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats, Philipp Missfelder, recently said revelations about US spying had helped bring relations with Washington down to their worst level since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Germany has been trying to persuade Washington to agree to a "no-spy" agreement but without success.

UK would be outside Merkels Tinfoil Curtain along with the US presumably.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26210053

UK would be outside Merkels Tinfoil Curtain along with the US presumably.

Yes.

Actually all the anglo saxon countries would be..us,uk,canada,OZ& NZ(perhaps also ireland if the yanks step in)

basically what she is inferring is an alternative EU version of echelon.

...as for being sensitive to snooping etc, I think she really needs to look then at WHO is running the EU, and who supported the snooping on germany last time around.

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The biggest powers in the world are squaring up, tis has always been thus.

Surprise it took so long.

Indeed. Protectionism..........then war. Probably.

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"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic," she said.

"Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."

So:

A. spend billions laying new fiber optic and rerouting traffic to avoid the States.

B. Or start encrypting all emails with GPG, which I believe even the NSA can't read (short of them having a working quantum computer).

Plan B. does have the downside that EU citizens' communications would no longer be accessible to their lords and masters in Brussels. Another downside is that it would be far cheaper.

So Plan A. looks like the way to go!

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