Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the meeting will be remembered for Merkel’s facial expression when the new president of the United States suggested that they share common experiences of surveillance through …Read More

On October 27 at a subway station in the Berlin hipster neighborhood of Neukölln, a group of young men walked aggressively past a young woman slowly making her way down the stairs to the platform. One of the men walked up behind her and violently kicked the unsuspecting woman in the back causing her to …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trump’s planned tariff on GM would violate NAFTA (Bloomberg) Deutsche Bahn plans to expand “Silk Rail” for cargo trains from and to China (Handelsblatt Global) German inflation jumps to fastest since 2013 on oil prices (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic Policy …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out (The Local Germany) Germany considers forcing Facebook to delete fake news (Politico) Tech employees vow not to help Trump surveil Muslims, deport immigrants (Reuters) China’s billionaire warns Trump curbs could …Read More

The Romans were shouting “Hannibal at the gates” when the famous general from Carthage tried to conquer their city with elephants in 218 BC. Today’s cyber-warriors and cyber-criminals are already behind the gates, using subtler means to invade the computers of individuals, companies, and even governments. And we may not even know the attackers. Many …Read More

Hours after the Orlando shooting, the world knew where Omar Mateen had taken his cell phone in the days and months before the massacre. To Disney World with his son, to the Pulse Club on multiple occasions alone, and to a Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center the day before the attack. Investigators hope that …Read More

The world of cybersecurity is a complicated maze of technology, politics, and policy, a constant competition among those who would harness all of them for good and/or ill. It is also a world in which the search for command and control runs faster than the capacity of governments to keep up. Fred Kaplan’s Dark Territory: …Read More

Quite surprisingly, last Wednesday the German Chancellery confirmed the removal of Gerhard Schindler as president of the German Foreign Intelligence Agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND). Schindler will be officially replaced by Bruno Kahl, a finance ministry official, from July onward. The Chancellery did not state any particular reason for Schindler to be removed two years before reaching …Read More

European Commission may need to revise the draft proposal to meet the concerns expressed by the Article 29 Working Party. On 29 February 2016, the European Commission published a draft adequacy decision to establish the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the replacement for the invalidated Safe Harbor program that previously allowed transfers of personal data between the European …Read More

The EU is acting at breakneck speed to fill the legal gap that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) created in October, invalidating the Safe Harbor Agreement for EU/U.S. data transfers. EU Justice Commissioner Vĕra Jourová reported on 1 February 2016 to the European Parliament’s Committee on Freedoms and Human Rights (Civil Liberties, Justice, and …Read More

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