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Verizon reaps what US has sown, and what Snowden has shown

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The German subsidiary of Verizon has lost the contract to provide telecommunications services to the Bundestag. The German interior ministry said the cancellation was linked to the "relationship between foreign intelligence agencies and companies" that the rogue US National Security Agency contractor exposed last year.

The Financial Times reported:

"Among the revelations, it emerged that Verizon was required by a court order to hand over information about telephone calls on its network to the NSA on an “ongoing, daily” basis. The order barred the company from publicly disclosing the existence of the request"

As any self-respecting nation state would do, Germany has taken measures to restrict NSA's access to parliamentary telephone calls, through its agent, Verizon. Would you not do the same in their shoes?

 

 

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Timothy Denton is a lawyer by training who practices principally in telecommunications and Internet policy and domain name issues, with a strong concentration on explaining what the technology is and what it means.

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