With the NSA enjoying a cosy relationship with the United States’ top technology firms, news that it paid top security company RSA to deliberately subvert international encryption standards, its program to intercept shipments of US hardware in order to insert bugs, and its legal mandate to spy on just about every other government in the world, it is well known that the NSA is bad for US business.
Germany has been particularly irate (despite the German secret police having very close ties to the NSA, and being complicit in its spying programs) at NSA spying after discovering that the NSA tapped the phone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
It is no huge surprise to learn then, that when the German government contract with US telecoms provider Verison expires in 2015, it will not be renewed over fears that the NSA could use Verison to spy on the government.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate explained,
‘There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue.’
Verison Germany’s managing director Detlef Eppig responded by pointing to a post on the Verizon Policy Blog which says,
‘The U.S. government cannot compel us to produce our customers’ data stored in data centers outside the U.S., and if it attempts to do so, we would challenge that attempt in court.’