Germany wants stronger data protection rules across Europe in order to protect the personal information of citizens online in the wake of the PRISM scandal that has rocked the technology and political worlds.
Prime minister Angela Merkel said she would be pushing for stronger laws in ongoing discussions between European member states on the new European Data Protection Regulation, when speaking on German TV over the weekend.
Her desire for the stronger laws comes as pressure is put on the nation to fight back against claims that the US and the UK has been accessing data on citizens on the web by monitoring web traffic and accessing servers owned by web giants such as Microsoft.
"I expect a clear commitment from the US government that in future they will stick to German law," she said, according to a BBC report. "We have a great data protection law. But if Facebook is registered in Ireland, then Irish law is valid, and therefore we need unified European rules."
Germany is already demanding answers from the UK on the operation Tempora revelations that the UK has been monitoring web traffic into the country, which could include data relating to German citizens' web browsing.
Although Merkel’s push for stronger data laws across Europe is likely to gain more traction in the wake of the recent spying scandals, she will still face a tough task in convincing other nations to agree to changes. The UK has already urged the EC to go 'back to the drawing board' on the proposals in order to make them less difficult for businesses that hold personal data.
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