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Obama's Data Nightmare is Europe's (Handelsblatt, Germany)

 

"Obama had to openly admit openly that under his authority, the United States has been conducting massive worldwide data snooping. Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or living in America is under general suspicion of being a terrorist - and that includes the Chinese. ... Regardless of whether it is Apple, Google, AOL, Skype, Dropbox, Microsoft or Facebook: According to U.S. law, these companies are required to provide, on request, information about all foreign customers."

 

By Axel Postinett

 

Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

June 10, 2013

 

Handelsblatt - Germany - Original Article (German)

In the House of Commons, British Foreign Minister William Hague answers allegations that Britain's cooperation with NSA surveillance program PRISM 'circumvents British law.'

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO, U.K.: British Defense Minister William Hague insists U.K. intelligence 'upheld the law,' June 10, 00:02:53RealVideo

San Francisco: It was emphatically the last thing Obama needed. This weekend in California's Palm Springs, he actually hoped to read the riot act to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. For years, hackers in China have allegedly been obtaining confidential information from corporate and government servers. Obama wants to make clear that this will no longer be tolerated and that the Chinese government will be held directly responsible.

 

But Jinping has good reason to react with an inscrutable smile and massive counter-allegations. On Friday morning, Obama had to openly admit that under his authority, the United States has been conducting massive worldwide data snooping. Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or living in the United States is under general suspicion of being a terrorist - and that includes the Chinese. Conversations are being followed, e-mails read, photos viewed, and files on servers searched. On a more limited level, even U.S. citizens are targeted: selected phone numbers at home and abroad are evaluated.

 

That is only possible because the U.S. has achieved virtual global domination of the Web through its prosperous Internet industry. At least in the Western world, practically every significant Internet company originated in the United States. Regardless of whether it is Apple, Google, AOL, Skype, Dropbox, Microsoft or Facebook: According to U.S. law, these companies are required to provide, on request, information about all foreign customers.

 

The companies deny active cooperation, but apparently that doesn't make much difference. U.S. authorities obviously have plenty of other ways to acquire the information they seek. In principle, anyone using an American Internet provider voluntarily provides his or her information. While some must resort to hacking, others have access from the start.

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And that is the problem. The data scandal involving stored telephone numbers may be one that costs Barack Obama any of the credibility he has left. That's not our problem. The Americans can work that out amongst themselves.

 

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However, this global Internet snooping is a declaration of bankruptcy for Europe's Internet industry and E.U. policy. With breathtaking speed, the global economy is becoming dispersed on the "Cloud," data is being stored on the Web, and programs are being run from Web servers. That is the future, no question about it. To resist this trend is disadvantageous for any economy, including Germany's. In a matter of years, Microsoft's leading MS Office software will have become an all-online operation, while Google's office package Google Docs has always been exclusively run on Web servers, almost all of which are located in the United States. We have to play by the rules of others.

 

The details, emerging piece by piece as a result of the so-called PRISM program, are a wake-up call for all companies in and outside the U.S. Why be afraid of Chinese hackers? The data have likely already long been public. And the U.S. is only the beginning. It is na´ve to assume that other countries aren't engaging in similar intelligence activities in their own interest.

 

The man with the fedora and Minox camera who breaks into strange offices at night is part of the past. Today's spy sits with his coffee at a desk in a warm government office collecting information from around the globe, and without taking the slightest personal risk. This hasn't made the world safer. At least not for everyone.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US June 11, 2013, 1:55am