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German security chief: Ditch Google and Facebook if you’re afraid of spying

Published Jul 4th, 2013 1:15PM EDT
NSA Spying Advice

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Germany continued its campaign to stir up outrage this week over recent revelations that the NSA spies on Internet communications. German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich on Wednesday said that any Internet users afraid that their private information might be exposed to NSA snooping have a simple way to protect their data: Stop using U.S. services like Google and Facebook. “Whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don’t go through American servers,” Friedrich said, according to the Associated Press. He also said that a delegation of German officials will fly to the U.S. next week to discuss recent claims that the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are spying on European citizens.

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