Slashdot | Google May Close Gmail Germany Over Privacy Law
“Google is threatening to shut down the German version of its Gmail service if the German Bundestag passes it’s new Internet surveillance law. Peter Fleischer, Google’s German privacy representative says the new law would be a severe blow against privacy and would go against Google’s practice of also offering anonymous e-mail accounts. If the law is passed then starting 2008, any connection data concerning the internet, phone calls (With position data when cell phones are used), SMS etc. of any German citizen will be saved for 6 months, anonymizing services like Tor will be made illegal.”
Why not also force people to keep every postcard and letter for six months in case they will get investigated? Awful.
Awful indeed, but sad as well! I’m really concerned about the real statement of this law.
“When you don’t trust anyone, everyone is your enemy.”
Some strange things are going on under the shadow of fighting terrorism. But that’s not the place here to comment on it.