Two of Germany's biggest ISPs, Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG, will begin to automatically encrypt consumers' emails in an effort to safeguard their customers' privacy, the Associated Press originally reported. This comes after reports indicated that the NSA will monitor international electronic communications. The encryptions will roll out Friday.
At first, the encryption will be in place only for customers of Deutsche Telekom's T-Online service and United Internet's GMX and WEB.DE services. Both ISPs claims that between their services, two-thirds of Germany's e-mail accounts will be protected from NSA spying.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann had this to say on the matter: "Germans are deeply unsettled by the latest reports on the potential interception of communication data."
What's also unsettling is that in less than 100 years, Germany appears to have become a bigger advocate of consumer rights, privacy rights and consumer privacy than the U.S. Bravo to Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG for taking such pro-privacy stances and fighting back against the NSA.
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