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Germany Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

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Today Germany broke the news to the world that they will cancel a national contract with Verizon Communications. This comes as part of the continued fallout from revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who leaked the truth that American intelligence agencies have been routine accessing global data provided by telecom companies.

One of the most upset amongst nations has been Germany, where the personal cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel was reportedly tapped by United States intelligence agencies.

Germany’s own cellphone carriers, like Deutsche Telekom, have been promoting their native European cred, and emphasizing that they comply with Europe’s stringent data protection rules.

As a result, some of these European competitors have been winning business from Americans.

Now, the cancellation of Verizon’s contract with the German government marks the first major indication that United States corporations who have gone along with NSA spying have begun to lose business because of the scandal.

“The links revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms after the N.S.A. affair show that the German government needs a high level of security for its essential networks,” the German Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday.

Verizon has responded, however, that “We have made it clear that the U.S. government cannot access customer information that is stored outside the United States,” according to a statement released by Detlef Eppig, managing director of Verizon Germany.

“Words only matter if put into law,” said Viviane Reding, the European justice commissioner, in a statement. “We are waiting for the legislative step.”

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