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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers 115

jfruh writes "In her weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she'd be discussing European email security with French President Francois Hollande. Specifically, in the wake of the NSA spying revelations, the two leaders will try to keep European email off of American servers altogether to avoid snooping. This comes as Merkel's government faces criminal complaints for assisting aspects of the NSA's programs."
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

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  • You, uh... Know... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @09:50AM (#46274923) Homepage Journal
    That won't avoid snooping, right?

    You COULD mandate end-to-end encryption if you were really that worried about it. That probably also wouldn't avoid snooping, but it'd make it a bit more difficult. We should probably also move away from using the browser as a mail client. But you're not really worried about snooping, are you? You're just worried about US snooping.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @12:52PM (#46276657)

    This. Why aren't the Europeans moving to push client-side encryption instead of SMIME? If the NSA wants to access email on a foreign server, they can do that, either by breaking in or by asking the friendly local govt (ironically, the Germans and French are known for collaborating) to do it for them. The only thing that makes life harder (not impossible) is good crypto implemented right (no key escrow, etc).

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