Germany May Set Up Its Own Internet After NSA Spying Scandal

29/10/2013 18:15
 

 

Germany is reportedly considering creating its own Internet network service in order to “shield local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services” like the NSA, reported Reuters last week.
 

The proposal came after allegations arose that the United States government had monitored German chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone since 2002, while eavesdropping activities is also said to have been run out of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin as well as in about 80 other embassies and consulates around the world.

State-backed communications firm Deutsche Telekom is said to be behind the national Internet proposal and has urged other local firms to join in.

“If the Americans eavesdropped on cellphones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil,” said German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, as quoted by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

“Eavesdropping is a crime and those responsible must be held accountable,” he added.

Telecom and Internet experts Reuters spoke to however believed that Deutsche Telekom and the German state would face an uphill challenge in creating its own Internet.

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