German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she backs a proposal to establish European data networks to keep e-mails and other communications inside Europe and away from U.S. intelligence agencies, The New York Times reports. “We will, above all, discuss which European providers we have who offer security for our citizens … So that you don’t have to go across the Atlantic with e-mails and other things but can build up communications networks also within Europe,” she said. German-based Deutsche Telekom has said creating such a network is possible. Google has express concerns that regional data storage could cause a “splinternet,” and, in a recent post for Privacy Perspectives, privacy expert Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, warned that “shutting down Europe” is not the answer to defending privacy. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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