Infosecurity: News outlets, such as the BBC, are reporting that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel “is proposing building up a European communications network to help improve data protection” and prevent European emails and other data passing through the United States where it can be, and has been, harvested by the NSA.
Most of the reports concentrate on emails. The implication is an intention to develop a European capability to keep emails and other communications within Europe. “Above all”, she said (according toReuters) in this Saturday’s weekly podcast ahead of a visit to France on Wednesday, “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. Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe.”