The ongoing debate about data privacy, surveillance, encryption and other issues in this digital age has exposed major cultural and legal differences between the United States and Germany. The interplay between German society’s demand for privacy and the state’s implementation of legal structures ensuring its protection stands in contrast to the prioritization of national security concerns in the United States. While preserving individual liberties and freedoms are at the core of each democracy, the United States and Germany differ when it comes to handling the balance between liberty and national security in the cyber age.

By Alex Racey At her annual summer conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel remained coy on the details surrounding the NSA spy affair. She asserted that the government is taking the necessary steps to get information from Washington, but would not dish out any new details. In addition, she proposed an eight-point data privacy legislation plan. In …Read More

Featured today on Stern Magazine’s website, AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes’ article, titled “Eure Anfeindungen sind verlogen” (Translated: “Your Accusations are Dishonest”), challenges German reactions to the revelations of NSA surveillance. Dr. Janes comments on Germans’ preoccupation with the American role in this controversy and points out that the intelligence services on both sides of …Read More

AICGS President, Jackson Janes, has recently been quoted in a number of news articles on cybersecurity and data privacy. From a range of online and print outlets, these pieces detail the ongoing controversy over allegations of surveillance by American, German, and other national intelligence services. AICGS has ongoing coverage and analysis of cybersecurity and data …Read More

Basic facts about PRISM PRISM is a National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that has existed since 2007 when then-President George W. Bush signed the Protect America Act. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) oversees PRISM in accordance with Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). PRISM is said to obtain private communications …Read More

Introduction[1] The recently revealed NSA (National Security Agency) surveillance program of the American government, “Prism,”[2] and the criticism it raised not only in the U.S. but also in Germany once again made clear that cyberspace has become an essential field for law enforcement as well as for foreign and national intelligence gathering. Moreover, the revelation …Read More

The ongoing debate about cyber security and its implications for privacy has once again exposed major cultural and legal differences between the United States and Germany. The interplay between German society’s demand for privacy and the state’s implementation of legal structures ensuring its protection has developed throughout a long period of challenges and adjustments marked …Read More

Statistics indicate that the instance of cyberattacks continues to increase despite improvements in detection of malicious software.  Mr. Jan Neutze contends that in light of the increasing prevalence of cybersecurity breaches, governments should adopt risk-based approaches to protect themselves against cyberattacks.  Risk-based cybersecurity methods rely on experts determining areas of security weakness, containing attackers following …Read More

Cybersecurity has become a new buzzword in the German security policy discourse. Nearly every day German media cover stories of high-profile attacks in Germany or abroad – and with the advent of the German Pirate Party, cybersecurity and other issues of internet freedom, online transparency, and privacy are making their mark on Germany’s political agenda. …Read More

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