German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row
Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 27/06/2014 18:17
The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.
Reports based on disclosures by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden alleged Washington had conducted mass surveillance in Germany and had even eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
German Government to End Verizon Contract Citing NSA Concern
The German government will end its network contract with Verizon Communications Inc. next year after revelations of U.S. surveillance of data flowing through networks around the world.
The "relationships between foreign-intelligence services and companies revealed during the NSA affair" mean that Germany's government has to apply "especially high" security standards to its communications infrastructure in the future, the Interior Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today, referring to the U.S. National Security Agency.
US and Germany Face Off on Soccer and Spying
Hours before kickoff at the much-anticipated U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game, the two countries held what was planned as a friendly match to hash out cyber matters.