German Government cancels network contract with Verizon

Verizon has been the network provider for the German government since 2010 but now the Interior Ministry announced that it will not be renewing the contract with Verizon which runs until 2015.


Verizon has been providing network infrastructure to the German government since 2010 for inter-ministerial communication between Berlin and Bonn. But now Germany has said it fears Verizon may be obliged under US law to help American spies to eavesdrop on that communication.

“The ties revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms in the wake of the US National Security Agency affair show that the German government needs a very high level of security for its critical networks.”

The government is afraid about just how much access the NSA or other intelligence agencies have and want to take full control of their communication networks.

The fact that the NSA hacked the phone of chancellor Angela Merkel, surely played a part in this decision.

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