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posted by n1 on Thursday June 12 2014, @01:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the obsolete-voluntary-guidelines-solution dept.

Steve Durbin of the ISF was interviewed regarding the fallout after Snowden and the push by governments and organizations to try and wrestle some control of their communications away from the US.

"From a European point of view it fuelled political hysteria." He adds that regardless of one's opinion on the value of this type of surveillance there are political gains to be made from stirring up a reaction to Snowden's disclosures.

The idea of having an EU internet, Russian internet, US internet, etc doesn't sit well with Durbin because he feels it will hurt the functionality and that governments by themselves cannot actually get the job done.

"Government can't do it all", he warns when reflecting on proposed regulatory responses to privacy and surveillance issues. "By the time they get their act together, the world and technology has moved on significantly."

As a reminder in February the German government started discussing an EU internet:

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.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12 2014, @05:36AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12 2014, @05:36AM (#54440)

    "From a European point of view it fuelled political hysteria."

    From a European point of view, they were spying on a head of state (Merkel). There can be no strong enough response and the bad blood created is correctly enormous.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12 2014, @01:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12 2014, @01:01PM (#54577)

    Note also that in Germany there are investigations by the federal prosecutor about Merkel being spied on. There are no such investigations about normal citizens being spied on, for "lack of evidence".

  • (Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Thursday June 12 2014, @01:39PM

    by wantkitteh (3362) on Thursday June 12 2014, @01:39PM (#54587) Homepage Journal

    Also note how an American labels as "hysteria" the European reaction to discovering the DMCA Safe Habour provisions the USA put in place to conform with our basic information protection and privacy expectations online turns out to be worth less than the electricity required to transmit the PDF over a segment of Cat6. Keep letting morons like this open their mouths in public and watch what was left of America's foreign political credibility turn to dust.