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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing building up a European communications network to help improve data protection.
It would avoid emails and other data automatically passing through the United States.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.
Brazil Wants its Own Internet after NSA Controversy
I think this represents a lack of faith in American politics and intelligence agencies by the EU
Well, one might certainly fathom a lack of faith in US 'tactics.' What reason has the US given anyone lately to have more faith in them? Certainly not pissing Angela off, in hacking into her private, personal cell phone conversations.
US hoping to get some pillow talk no doubt.
If Her own citizens are fast losing faith in Her due to the multitude of sins being committed against them, why then wouldn't the EU be worried as well?
All countries do spy and collect intel, it's always been done, and always will be.
However, some day the US is going to piss off the wrong person. Maybe it was Angela? ha
In saying that, I do worry the idea of countries possibly being separated by such actions. I think it fosters somewhat of a 'cold war' type atmosphere. But how far does US 'Intelligence' think they can go before others have finally had enough? There are consequences for everyone, the US should be no exception. And if one steps outside of blind patriotism, it is easy to figure.
Here is something also to be considered from the article:
"Personal privacy is a sensitive issue in Germany where extensive surveillance was carried out under the Nazis and in communist East Germany."
Germany is quite sensitive about all things resulting from that history, which has led to much introspection as a nation, and has brought about quite healthy laws and ways of looking at things. I would love to see the US take just such a moment for this kind of introspection.
*waves the stars and stripes and sets off a few fireworks*