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Germany to develop national cloud, protecting its data from foreign espionage

Mon 15 Sep 2014

Following reports of NSA surveillance programs targeting German telecommunications, Microsoft Germany has announced its plans to develop cloud technologies which would only be offered nationally.

In its efforts to protect customers against foreign hacks Microsoft Germany revealed that it is looking to work on the new technology to encourage better data protection strategy. Christian Illek, head of Microsoft Germany told the daily Tagesspiegel on Sunday that although Microsoft facilities in the Netherlands and Ireland provide sufficient protection for many, it is “obviously not enough for […] German companies.”

Illek highlighted the importance of security to German customers, who are starting to demand that their data is kept within Germany’s borders, and hosted on German servers that comply with both German and European laws.

Heiko Meyer, head of HP Germany, also revealed on Sunday his idea for a shared European cloud, in a similar framework to the EU and Eurozone.

He announced that a ‘Cloud 28+’ had been proposed to the EU Horizon 2020 program, which aims to combine European research and development efforts to promote the group’s innovation globally.

Both calls for greater data protection came following a report by Der Spiegel magazine, which claimed to have uncovered a new NSA activity, named ‘Treasure Map.’

The unveiled program reportedly seeks to create a map of the internet to access networks via exposed routers and end-user devices.

According to the Spiegel article, the NSA, as well as its British equivalent GCHQ, had been able to access to German telecommunications portals, including Telekom and NetCologne. Once informed, both companies said that no breaches had been discovered.

“We will pursue every indication of possible manipulation. Moreover, we have now involved the authorities,” said Telekom head of security Thomas Tscherisich.

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