natecochrane writes: The US Ambassador to Germany scoffed at German criticisms of US data protection inadequacies, secret diplomatic despatches published to the internet on the weekend revealed. It was a case of German privacy adovcates' worst fears coming true. German politicians from the FDP centre-right faction of the ruling coalition were concerned last year that US safeguards were too lax and that information gathered on its nationals travelling to the US was "pointless" and compromised German interests. But the US ambassador to Germany told the US Secretary of State that the FDP had it wrong because it "has been out of power for over 10 years and lack experience tackling security issues in the internet age". Ambassador Murphy wrote that the "FDP appears not to fully grasp the transnational character of terrorism today and terrorists' increasing use of the Internet". But it appears the FDP understood more about data-leak prevention because it urged the US to appoint a data protection commissioner like the one Germany had.