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​Merkel calls for global data protection agreement

An international agreement on protection of electronic data is needed, according to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US spied on Germany through its PRISM surveillance program. “If digital communication raises new questions worldwide, then we should take up the challenge. Germany is working for that,” Merkel told the weekly Welt am Sonntag. On Friday, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich asked Washington to provide detailed information on the NSA program, as Germans show anger that their emails, phone calls and web searches have been illegally intercepted.

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