Angela Merkel Pushes For EU-Based Internet To Protect From US Spying Efforts

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has continued to keep the momentum going in the fight against the U.S. spying efforts that leaked out last year, with the recent proposal of a European Union (EU) internet alternative.  Having an alternative internet with servers based in Europe would be subject to European data protection laws instead of using servers controlled by the United States.

In her weekly podcast, Merkel stated that she will be looking for support from French president François Hollande when the two meet in Paris on Wednesday.  “We’ll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection… Above all, we’ll talk with European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn’t have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic.”

The proposed idea of a EU-based internet may have its benefits when it comes to privacy protections, but there are a lot of technical hurdles to overcome with such a system.  Technology experts fear that a localized system will fragment the internet and may cause issues with email communications between the U.S. and EU countries using the secondary network.

Whether or not Merkel’s proposal ever becomes implemented, her push shows that she isn’t taking issues of privacy lightly.


Sources: Financial Times
Photo: World Economic Forum [Flickr]

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