17 May 2014

Germany Will Ban Tech Companies That Play Ball With NSA - No federal contracts will go to companies that turn over data to the NSA or other agencies. There may, however, be one crucial exemption

It didn't take an Edward Snowden to figure out that American espionage service providers had access to confidential information about German citizens. It's been known for years that the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) works for American secret services.

It's also known that a former CSC subsidiary was involved in the abduction of German citizen Khaled el-Masri, who was turned over to the CIA and subjected to abuse and degradation before the agency finally admitted his arrest and torture were a mistake.

Nevertheless, German CSC subsidiaries have in past years received more than 100 contracts from state and federal governments in Germany, as Süddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcaster NDR reported last fall. The operative rule at the time was that only companies that were found guilty of crimes could be excluded from public contracts. So far, no CSC employee has been prosecuted for the abduction of el-Masri. Per se, working for the U.S. intel agencies is not punishable. So Germany's federal government tied its own hands over the issue.

But according to research conducted by NDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's black-red "grand coalition" government has now tightened the rules for awarding sensitive public IT contracts. In cases of doubt, suspicious companies will now be excluded from such contracts. And companies now have to sign documents to the effect that no contracts or laws oblige them — nor can they be coerced — to pass on confidential data to foreign secret services or security authorities.

The new rule would seem to be aimed primarily at American companies. These companies, as numerous Snowden documents reveal, regularly pass on information to the U.S. spy agencies. At the NSA, a separate Special Sources Operations department deals with cooperation with "strategic partners," as agents call such companies. The companies say they are merely following the laws of the respective country, and so far this explanation has been accepted.

But since April, any company that cannot guarantee that foreign services or authorities will not obtain any of their data is being excluded from federal contracts in Germany. A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior said that the aim of the new rule is to prevent "the flow of data worth protecting to foreign security authorities."

Will there be a loophole?


But whether CSC also will be excluded from sensitive federal contracts is open to question. In January the German federal government let it be known that it saw "no reason [to change] our contract-awarding procedures" as far as German CSC subsidiaries were concerned. And yet CSC is part of the American shadow army of private firms that deliver low-cost and untransparent projects for the military and secret services.

The company was part of a consortium that was awarded the contract for the Trailblazer Project, which was supposed to develop a gigantic data vacuum to suck up information — very similar to the NSA's current spy programs. "Data are the next battlefield," reads one company prospectus. And CSC is apparently delivering the requisite arms for the battle.

It was CSC subsidiaries that, among other projects, tested the German Federal Criminal Police Office's "state Trojan" and supported the Ministry of Justice when it introduced electronic files at the Federal Supreme Court. CSC was also awarded contracts pertaining to the German government network through which coded communications from the ministries and various authorities flow. And CSC advised the Ministry of the Interior on the introduction of electronic passports, and is involved in the De-Mail project, which aims to securitize email traffic.

 Read More:http://www.worldcrunch.com/tech-science/germany-will-ban-tech-companies-that-play-ball-with-nsa/data-it-sensitive-personal-information-snowden-csc/c4s15966/

15 comments:

  1. David Mowers17 May 2014 09:55

    Good. It is high time Americans realized why the world hates them, "democracy" for "Americans" and tyranny for the rest of the world.

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  2. Stop Bush and Obama18 May 2014 08:07

    There will be plenty of loopholes. Germany these days is essentially a US colony. The fascist Nazi Merkel actually apologized to the Bushitler about the fact that her predecessor "failed" to participate in the genocide against Iraq.
    Germany is participating in the unjustifiable war on Afghanistan.
    Germany helped stir the fascist revolts in Ukraine.
    Merkel never had a problem with the NSA listening in on all German phone calls, until she figured out that "all" calls includes her own.

    The people are a different matter though, so now the Bushbama proxies in Berlin are pretending to do something to keep the people quiet.

    I'll believe they actually mean it when they start kicking out NSA stooge Microsoft. Without that necessary first step, Bushbama and their ilk can do whatever they want to German computers without the legit users even knowing about it.

    Microsoft is a key NSA asset - they have been a launch partner of PRISM, and they've helped the NSA obtain illicit access to their customers' computers even before the US turned into the fascist total surveillance state it is today.
    This article is from 1999: http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/5/5263/1.html

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  3. You realize Merkel was aware and fine with the NSA espionage until she learned she and her regime were being surveilanced in the same way as the german citizens, right?

    It's just a publicity stunt like suddenly abandoning nuclear power. And now look where that got us...

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  4. You mean the same Europe that is busy establishing a thought police whose job it is to supervise online discussions and put people who don't embrace the EU and every minority there is into "tolerance camps"?

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  5. I feel much better about being spy'd on if the level of sophistication and technology meets that which CSC produces.

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  6. ZealousCrusader18 May 2014 13:17

    Nowhere is getting it totally right. Here in America however, we are definitely getting it wrong.

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  7. That's kinda ridiculous at face value. Mind sending a couple of sources backing up your claims my way?

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  8. Certainly:

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4036/eu-intolerant-citizens

    Especiall section 6 and 7 are interesting.

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  9. Elijah Godwin18 May 2014 15:12

    have you seen the public approval ratings of this stuff??? american citizens do not want this stuff. the government has become an oligarchy controlled by the rich to the detriment of its own citizens. if you think the US government isn't spying on its own citizens and squashing dissent than you obviously have not paid attention to the fact that the occupy wall street protesters are on the official list of "terrorist organizations" and that there are surveillance drones being flown in the US to control their own citizens.

    instead of blaming american citizens you should start looking at the american government and the big corporations that pay them to be corrupt. the united states is bordering on a police state. and the people are powerless to stop it. meanwhile government sponsored media is working on disarming US citizens.

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  10. Jake Stevens18 May 2014 15:16

    In a sense everything politicians do is a publicity stunt, since their main goal is for people to like them enough to support them. The point of democracy isn't to stop leaders from being selfish, it's to align their interests with the interests of their country's citizens. Doesn't always work, but this is an example where it does.

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  11. Really.. I'm american and you wanna tell me the world hates me because of this. Don't hate the pawns idiots... Hate the government that lied to us for years about the NSA. Also every government spies our excuse for government officials just took it to far, but ya thanks for blaming a whole nation for what few people knew about.

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  12. David Mowers18 May 2014 19:05

    Everything begins and ends at the Federal Reserve in a "capitalist" system.

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  13. David Mowers18 May 2014 19:06

    So you deny that the 9/11 hijackers were attempting to punish Americans for their foreign policy?

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  14. have you seen the public approval ratings of this stuff??? american citizens do not want this stuff. the government has become an oligarchy controlled by the rich to the detriment of its own citizens. if you think the US government isn't spying on its own citizens and squashing dissent than you obviously have not paid attention to the fact that the occupy wall street protesters are on the official list of "terrorist organizations" and that there are surveillance drones being flown in the US to control their own citizens.

    instead of blaming american citizens you should start looking at the american government and the big corporations that pay them to be corrupt. the united states is bordering on a police state. and the people are powerless to stop it. meanwhile government sponsored media is working on disarming US citizens.

    here

    here

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  15. The US picks up the bulk of NATO funding (over one-fifth!) In the meantime, the USSR rebranded as Russia is starting a westward push in the Ukraine. I don't think it's likely that Europe is going to do anything that would make it likely that the US would pull out of NATO... http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_67655.htm

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