NSA spying on Germany more than any other EU country

By on July 1, 2013, 3:30 PM

The National Security Agency is collecting data seemingly everywhere, but not all countries warrant the same level of communications scrutiny in the eyes of the NSA. Some high profile targets for data collection include China, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, which likely does not come as a surprise given the current global political climate.

The inclusion of Germany on the shortlist for intensive monitoring is raising some eyebrows, however. Documents revealing internal NSA statistics on surveillance indicate that the agency collects and stores 500 million German connections each month, according to the German news publication, Der Spiegel. These communication connections include data from phone calls, emails, text messages, and chat transcripts.

Germany is the largest target for surveillance in the European Union. According to the internal statistics obtained by The Guardian and viewed by Spiegel, on a normal day, data is collected on 20 million telephone calls, and 10 million internet exchanges. January 7 of this year was the busiest day on record, during which 60 million communications connections were under surveillance.

In comparison, the NSA collects data on 2 million connections on average each day in France. The documents indicate that the NSA is primarily interested in internet hubs in southern and western Germany.

Germany is categorized as a “3rd party foreign partner” by the NSA, and is therefore subject to electronic surveillance. The only countries that are explicitly excluded from surveillance are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.




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1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

20th Century history notwithstanding, Germany is the only country in Europe with any money, but that doesn't explain why the citizens are being watched.

Maybe the NSA should take a hint from Mr. Burns.

Shaun2312 said:

Or the media is saying this because they know the German government will throw a hissy fit worse than many European countries.

misor misor said:

The NSA will continue to monitor Germany because of WW1, WW2, the Cold War.

those who forgot the past will repeat the same mistakes and America is not going to be caught sleeping again. (except 9.11.2001)

kuroiei kuroiei said:

The NSA will continue to monitor Germany because of WW1, WW2, the Cold War.

those who forgot the past will repeat the same mistakes and America is not going to be caught sleeping again. (except 9.11.2001)

The Cold... War?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The NSA will continue to monitor Germany because of WW1, WW2, the Cold War.
The Cold... War?
Well, sort of. The cold war was primarily between Russia and the US. However, East Germany was a strong Russian presence and encompassed half of greater Germany. Doping scandals, (before it was really fashionable to dope), abounded from East Germany, and athletic excellence or a par with Russia proper, was an arm of the Soviet propaganda machine.

Shaun2312 said:

Brace yourselves, Winter is coming!

kuroiei kuroiei said:

Well, sort of. The cold war was primarily between Russia and the US. However, East Germany was a strong Russian presence and encompassed half of greater Germany. Doping scandals, (before it was really fashionable to dope), abounded from East Germany, and athletic excellence or a par with Russia proper, was an arm of the Soviet propaganda machine.

Yup, that's about right! I'm from Poland, and we were (still kinda are due to wanky politics) under plenty of influence from Russians, but extending Germany's "sin list" to Cold War is a little rash, I think. I always considered East Germany as an extension of Russia, and blaming it for Cold War is a little far-fetched... but hey, it's a minor detail, not worth arguing about. Glad that you cleared that up a bit though.

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