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Government wiretapping, Internet security breaches and private enterprise have redefined terms of personal privacy and the amount of data individuals put online. Still, hundreds of millions of individuals trust social networks with their personal data every day.

Digital Independence: NSA Scandal Boosts German Tech Industry

Digital Independence: NSA Scandal Boosts German Tech Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

The German IT sector is hoping to profit from trust lost in American technology firms in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal. But critics warn that plans to create a European routing system could affect the openness of the Internet. By Hilmar Schmundt and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Listening Sector: Berlin Makes Easy Target for Spies

Listening Sector: Berlin Makes Easy Target for Spies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

The center of Berlin has become a playground for spies. Phone calls in the dense German government district can be monitored with basic equipment and even by allies. German counter-espionage agents are alarmed. By Jörg Diehl more... Comment ]

Reding in Washington: EU Sends Tough Commissioner for NSA Talks

Reding in Washington: EU Sends Tough Commissioner for NSA Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

The EU is remaining firm with Washington over US spying, with officials in Brussels demanding better protection for Europeans. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is heading to Washington on Monday with a number of demands. By Sebastian Fischer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Germany's Quandary: The Debate over Asylum for Snowden

Germany's Quandary: The Debate over Asylum for Snowden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

There are growing calls in Germany not only to question Edward Snowden in connection with the ongoing NSA scandal, but also to offer him safe passage and asylum. Yet the heads of the two major political camps fear the wrath of the United States. By SPIEGEL STAFF more... Comment ]

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

The ongoing NSA spying scandal has put major strain on the relationship between Germany and the US. But both sides should stop reacting emotionally and look at the political realities. With trans-Atlantic trade on the line, there's simply too much at stake. A Commentary By Annette Heuser more... Comment ]

Appearances and Reality: Merkel Balks at EU Privacy Push

Appearances and Reality: Merkel Balks at EU Privacy Push

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Chancellor Merkel has put on a good show of being outraged by American spying. But, at the same time, she has impeded efforts to strengthen data security. Does she really want more privacy, or is she more interested in being accepted into the exclusive group of info-sharing countries known as the 'Five Eyes' club? By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Many commentators in the US see surveillance like the NSA's alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel's phone as a necessary fact of life. The White House is trying to limit the damage -- but the snooping will go on. By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2013

According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

While at the EU summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Merkel has been forced to perform a diplomatic balancing act. She must express the appropriate amount of indignation over allegations she was spied on by the US, but she must also avoid alienating her important allies. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Berlin has reacted strongly to suspicions that US intelligence spied on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone. If the accusations turn out to be true, it will put President Obama in a rather awkward position. By Sebastian Fischer in Washington more... Comment ]