Germans to create their own internet?

PRISM pushes Germany towards a local internet  By Dave Neal


GERMANY IS REACTING with a big “nein danke” to reports of US surveillance and is considering building an internet that is confined within German borders.

We already know that the country is ticked off and has been since whistleblower Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations began coming out in newspapers including the Guardian, and we just learned that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reeling at the news that her phone calls were bugged. Merkel is not happy about this.

According to a report at Reuters the German government is so concerned that it is considering leaving the international internet and building a German internet designed for German people who don’t want to be subjected to US government surveillance via PRISM. The world’s internet would still be available, but the thought is that German citizens could avoid using it.

The German government is said to be talking with the state-backed internet service provider (ISP) Deutsche Telekom. Details are very light, and Reuters reckons that the ISP will have a tough time encouraging other, presumably non-state affiliated providers to join up.

As soon the US NSA internet surveillance news broke, Germany started thinking about shoring up its internet security.

In July it proposed stronger data protection rules and Chancellor Merkel asked for a better understanding of what kind of information is shared and stored.

Ms Merkel is bristling after her phone number was found in the most recent documents released from the NSA spying files. Her name turned up on a list of 200 world leaders in the NSA’s Rolodex. µ


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