Even while it is spying on its own citizens to help out the glorious US empire, the German government is ordering the former British colony of Virginia to sling its hook.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given her backing to controversial data protection reforms in the European Union. Her hand has more or less been forced following the revelations of US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Merkel said internet companies should tell Europeans where their data is going and, we assume, give them a choice if they share it with US spying outfit the NSA.
She said that unified data rules were needed across the EU. The European Commission has proposed fresh data privacy rules, which would see companies fined as much as two percent of their annual turnover for any breach of the law and would entrench the “right to be forgotten” in law.
The plan has predictably been objected to by the US, which would suddenly lose control of EU data bases as a source of intelligence. Meanwhile, the UK, which sees itself as a happy and willing slave to its US overlord, will do anything to get invited to a dinner at the Whitehouse.
Merkel said that Germany will take the strict position that if if the US government is going to spy on German citizens they must stick to German law.
Viviane Reding, the commissioner who has been spearheading European data protection reform, has admitted that the PRISM revelations have given her cause a boost.