GERMANY HITS BACK ON SPYING BY TELLING PEOPLE TO STOP USING GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK – According to Germany’s top security official if you are worried about the U.S Government spying on your online activities then you should stop using Google and Facebook.
With the continuous revelations from the National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst, Edward Snowden, that citizens are being monitored through their online use it has made the public increasingly uneasy that ‘big brother’ is watching their every move and violating their constitutional rights.
Germany’s Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, has spoken out after information came to light that clearly showed that the NSA has been spying on European countries. German officials have said this now puts a ‘strained’ position of bi-lateral relations and such behaviour cannot be tolerated and dissolves all elements of trust.
Since Edward Snowden went public with what the NSA was doing nearly all the major internet corporations, such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo were quick to provide public statements that none of their systems are directly tied into the NSA database and that information is only released upon receiving a federal warrant.
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While the NSA continues to justify its snooping practices it is adamant that the data it gathers only targets foreigners and terrorists; a claim that Edward Snowden quickly reported as false saying that the NSA had the mandate to collect data on anyone.
Hans-Peter Friedrich comments also suggested that people need to avoid any website that resides on American servers as it is likely that the NSA is collecting data through these.
A German delegation is due to fly to Washington D.C this weekend to table discussions on why European diplomats were being spied upon.
Despite public outcry Friedrich has defended certain aspects of the U.S intelligence gathering operation saying that it is vital in the bid to tackle terrorism and that Europe should not treat the U.S as an enemy and that they should not be turned upon.
Edward Snowden remains on the run with federal authorities closely monitoring his movements. Despite the help from WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, Snowden has yet to find a country that will allow him asylum.
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