Joachim Herrmann pushes for ability to spy on suspected children terrorist

Joachim Herrmann Leads Push to Allow Spying on German Children

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Could the country known for protecting personal privacy soon allow spying on its children? If Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann gets his way, a new privacy standard would go into effect that opens these doors, and it will all be in the name of terror prevention. In a meeting of German interior ministers …

Sources: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Photo: Frank Mckenna

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Cameras eliminate privacy to serve ads

Cameras Profile Public to Serve Ads in the Land of Privacy

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The science fiction status of a future where the ads we see out in the real world individually broadcast based on personal targeting is becoming a reality, and it is coming right out of the country known for protecting individual privacy. Despite the large amount of advertising inventory, companies struggle to send their …

Sources: DW

Photo: Matthew Henry

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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France & Germany Want Access To Encrypted User Data

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Interior ministers of France and Germany held a joint press conference last week in Paris to call upon the European Commission to put into place a new law that would grant government agencies in the EU access to encrypted data to aid in investigations. The idea should sound familiar as …

Sources: Ministère de l’intérieur, Politico

Photo: Pierre [Flickr]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Microsoft Announces German Data Center In Germany To Secure Against U.S. Spying

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Microsoft held a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday announcing a partnership with Deutsche Telekom that will allow the American tech giant to protect the data of European customers from the US government by storing personal data in data centers in Germany. While it may seem like a logical move to …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Data Protection Commissioner Expresses Concern Over Xbox One As Monitoring Device

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Last week Microsoft unveiled their latest gaming machine to the world, the Xbox One, and while there are some impressive features, it may come at a cost of losing a little more privacy.  Some may brush off the privacy concerns as a simple tradeoff, but the Federal Data Protection Commissioner for Berlin, Peter …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Germany Pushes Facebook To Change Policy On Using Real Names

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

It may have been quite a while since you signed up for Facebook, but if you read the fine print, you are technically required to use your birth name on the social network instead of making one up.  Of course if you look through your list of friends, chances are that …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Our New Privacy Policy – Understand What Is Collected and How It Is Used

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

We want our readers to know that we respect and care for the privacy of our site’s users, and we wanted to make sure we reflected that in our updated privacy policy.  Most privacy policies look like complicated legal documents that often leave users confused and unsure of what information …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Credit Agency Plans to Use Social Media Data to Determine Creditworthiness

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The largest credit agency in Germany, Schufa, announced that it is planning to use data gathered on social media sites to measure the creditworthiness of German citizens.  Germans, who are already known to be very protective of their privacy, have been publicly voicing their concerns over the news, most of …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Facebook Loses ‘Friend Finder’ Privacy Case in German Court

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The German consumer protection organization Verbraucherzentrale Bundesver (VZBV) won a major court ruling against Facebook’s popular ‘Friend Finder’ feature that encourages users to import the names and emails of their friends to see if they are part of the social network.  If an uploaded email doesn’t match up with an existing …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Microsoft’s Streetside Generates Less Criticism in Germany than Google’s Street View

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Roughly a year ago, Google found itself in a heated debate when the company decided to brings its popular Street View service to the streets of Germany.  More than 244,000 Germans filed a complaint with the company on the grounds that the images posted online could violate their privacy by …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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