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TOPIC: Germans abandon hope of US 'no-spy' treaty

Germans abandon hope of US 'no-spy' treaty 14 Jan 2014 19:49 #1

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Germany has all but given up hope of securing a "no-spy" treaty with the USA in the wake of the NSA scandal, according to reports on Tuesday.

Although talks between Germany’s security agencies and their American counterparts are officially still ongoing, the German government has little hope of a bilateral treaty which would stop the US spying on the German government, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcaster NDR reported, quoting a high ranking civil servant.

Documents leaked by US security contractor Edward Snowden revealed a mass surveillance programme being run by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

In October it emerged the NSA had been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and allegedly ran a listening station from the US Embassy in Berlin, right in the centre of the German government quarter.

The idea of one its closest allies was apparently spying on it so energetically provoked outrage in Germany - and apologies from the USA.

But talks to reach a “no spy” agreement appear to have stalled.

The Süddeutsche headlined its report: “The Americans have lied to us”.

www.thelocal.de/page/view/germany-gives-up-hope-of-no-spy-deal-with-nsa-usa
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More about the, National Security Agency......

Mozilla Calls on World to Protect Firefox Browser From the NSA

Brendan Eich is the chief technology officer of the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser. Among many other things, he oversees the Firefox security team — the software engineers who work to steel the browser against online attacks from hackers, phishers, and other miscreants — and that team is about to get bigger. Much, much bigger.

In a recent blog post, Eich calls for security researchers across the globe to regularly audit the Firefox source code and create automated systems that can ensure the same code is used to update 18 million machines that run the browser. That’s not an option for other browsers, but it is for Firefox. The code behind the browser is completely open source, meaning anyone can look at it, at any time.

The move is one more way that the giants of the web are responding to revelations that the National Security Agency is snooping on web traffic via popular services and software. After NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government is tapping into data collected by private companies like Google and Facebook and then private email outfit Lavabit revealed a gag order that forbade the company from the telling customers the government was requesting information about them, Eich is worried that the feds could force Mozilla into adding a backdoor into its browser.......

www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/01/mozilla/
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