Report – Telecoms plan shielded European Internet

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 13, 2013

Via Deutsche Welle: ”Deutsche Telekom says the scandal over US and British eavesdropping has prompted German providers to contemplate an inner-German or inner-European Internet. Data would no longer be routed and stored via other continents.  Germany’s state-backed Telekom confirmed on Sunday that German providers were discussing an Internet confined within Europe’s “Schengen” countries. One project code-named “Clean Pipe” would help firms to fend off industrial spies and hackers. Schengen is the Luxembourg border town where in 1985 EU nations initiated a visa-free zone that now encompasses 26 European countries but excludes Britain. A Telekom spokesman told the German news agency DPA that talks were taking place with “diverse, likely partners.” The project would be unveiled on Monday at an information technology (IT) conference in Bonn. According to the news magazine Der Spiegel, Telekom managers see fewer technical setup problems than IT experts had at first anticipated. Germany already has a project entitled “E-Mail made in Germany” in which Telekom, United Internet and Freenet handle messages inside the national border.”

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