Verizon loses contract because German government upset about spying

The German government will stop working with American company Verizon following accusations that the NSA snooped on German lawmakers.

Published Thu, Jun 26 2014 11:14 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Verizon has lost a valuable business partner because the German government pulled the plug on its current contract, angry about the National Security Agency (NSA) snooping on German politicians. Government officials were extremely angry when Edward Snowden mentioning eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Verizon loses contract because German government upset about spying | TweakTown.com

"The pressures on networks as well as the risks from highly developed viruses or Trojans are rising," the German Interior Ministry said in a statement. "Furthermore, the ties revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms in the wake of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) affair show that the German government needs a very high level of security for its critical networks."

This is good timing for the German government, because Deutsche Telekom and other European wireless providers comply with data protection laws in the European Union (EU).

The German government opened an investigation into NSA eavesdropping, but Snowden turned down an offer to meet with German officials in Moscow.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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