Home / / German Chancellor calls for walled-off EU Internet

German Chancellor calls for walled-off EU Internet

Euro suspicion over US Web dominance continues; Merkel says data protection paramount

German Chancellor calls for walled-off EU Internet
Merkel: We've got to do more for data protection in Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday said she would discuss with French President Francois Hollande plans for a European Internet that would allow data traffic to bypass US networks.

Merkel’s remarks closely follow reports of fresh European Commission proposals to hold international talks on removing control of principal Internet functions from the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Merkel spoke in her weekly podcast of Web giants such as Google and Facebook basing operations in territories with little data protection while continuing to do business in nations like Germany, where data protection laws are stricter.

"We'll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection," said Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday.

"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic. Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."

The German public and its political leaders expressed outrage at last year’s revelations that the US National Security Agency had used widespread surveillance measures, not only against its own citizens, but against foreign nationals. US-German relations chilled starkly over news that Merkel’s private phone had been targeted.

“We've got to do more for data protection in Europe, there's no doubt about it," Merkel said.

Follow us to get the most comprehensive IT Security news delivered fresh from our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and listen to our Weekly Podcast. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter on curated technology news in the Middle East and Worldwide.

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.

CHANNEL AWARD 2018