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NSA Blowback: German Minister Floats US Company Ban
Der Spiegel ^ | August 05, 2013 01:09 PM | (tmr)

Posted on 08/05/2013 3:07:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai

With the NSA spying scandal continuing to make headlines in Europe, the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has raised the possibility of new, tangible measures to punish corporations that participate in American spying activities.

In an interview with Die Welt, the liberal Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for the creation of EU-wide rules to regulate the protection of information, and said that once those rules are in place, “United States companies that don’t abide by these standards should be denied doing business in the European market.”

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said that a package of EU measures is required in order to fight “the widespread spying of foreign spy services” and that German data protection laws should be a yardstick for the rest of the European Union—German privacy laws are considerably tighter than those of the United States and much of Europe. …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bnd; europeanunion; eussr; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; israel; justiceminister; nsa; russia; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Speaking for the whole of the EU?
1 posted on 08/05/2013 3:07:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Germany speaks for the EU in many ways.

Ms. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is a left libertarian who lost to Angela Merkel in a pageant.

2 posted on 08/05/2013 3:14:24 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Olog-hai

The funny thing is that the Europeans may be better protected against US spying than US citizens if they really manage to push this through the EU commission.


3 posted on 08/05/2013 3:16:07 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Olog-hai
I can't believe the irony. Germany!

East Germany's surveillance state appeared to be even more extensive than the Soviet Union's. And, they realize how wrong it was.

On this side of the Atlantic, I think our government has forgotten what the USA used to stand for.

4 posted on 08/05/2013 3:19:56 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: trapped_in_LA

The UK seems to be worse than the US. I know they aren’t EU, but they’re really bad. I have no doubt that Germany may be as bad, but they still have the Stasi memories at least.


5 posted on 08/05/2013 3:22:06 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: Olog-hai
Speaking for the whole of the EU?

Fokk Ja, they paid for it. They own it.

6 posted on 08/05/2013 3:26:00 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee

They didn’t pay for it, though.


7 posted on 08/05/2013 3:35:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: trapped_in_LA

Um, no. There is no such thing as a politburo protecting anyone’s privacy.


8 posted on 08/05/2013 3:35:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Monty22002

Just look up the BND and what they get up to.


9 posted on 08/05/2013 3:36:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: justlurking
On this side of the Atlantic, I think our government has forgotten what the USA used to stand for.

Universal Surveillance Agency, duh!

10 posted on 08/05/2013 3:52:53 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: justlurking

It seems like they learned their lessons.


11 posted on 08/05/2013 3:56:06 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Olog-hai
I cannot blame the Europeans if they do. I no longer find many big companies are trustworthy... I see evidence that many are corrupt and responsible for the chaos and evil being forced upon us... at least they are buying those in DC that are the actual evildoers. Have you noticed that the richest men in the world are mostly rich communists/socialists like buffett and gates... or soros... or any number of rich elite of the left. Wall Street voted for obama.

LLS

12 posted on 08/05/2013 4:21:02 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Olog-hai

Europeans live for this kind of stuff. They’re still pissed at us for saving their bacon in WWII and this is a way to get even. In particular it’s a way for Germany to turn the tables on its moral better, the United States. It’s a way to take some shine off the American apple.

That’s my possibly too-cynical read on some of the psychology behind this anyway.


13 posted on 08/05/2013 4:32:49 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: justlurking
On this side of the Atlantic, I think our government has forgotten what the USA used to stand for.

USA has always stood for Universal Stasi Agency, citizen...

14 posted on 08/05/2013 5:01:38 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Sirius Lee

Johnny Carson ~ “I think at this point, we should remind the audience that Fokker is a German aircraft manufacturer”

Veteran ~ “No, these were Messerschmidts...”


15 posted on 08/05/2013 5:04:48 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Olog-hai

This is a tempest in a teapot as compared to what the fallout is going to be in retaliation for Obama’s “veto” of apple trade sanctions as a fallout from Apples litigation against Samsung.


16 posted on 08/05/2013 5:27:18 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: wideawake

Tell the little Eva Braun that she lost the war. Now get over it!

I think an American boycott of German goods would put a real hurt on their economy.

Think again, Shatzie. We don’t need your Schnitzel or Kraut.


17 posted on 08/05/2013 6:00:53 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Olog-hai

NSA IS collecting every call, word-for-word, now.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/government_programs/july-dec13/whistleblowers_08-01.html


18 posted on 08/05/2013 6:37:43 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws - Tacituss)
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To: Olog-hai

I am all for it as long as Germany can’t sell any Siemens equipment, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Airbus or BMW stuff here in the USA.


19 posted on 08/05/2013 6:55:48 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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