scandal surrounding the surveillance of Internet communications by U.S. intelligence agencies, the U.S. government is taking the offensive. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the informant Edward Snowden, who had given secret documents about the spying program to the media. The FBI “shall take all necessary steps to pull behind the revelations of the person responsible,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday at a congressional hearing in Washington. By name but he called Snowden not, but he spoke of investigations against “individual who has admitted to having made the revelations.”
Meanwhile, there were a representative survey conducted by the polling institute YouGov for time online 40 percent of respondents correctly that states monitor the communication on the Internet, to protect themselves. Almost half of the respondents (49 percent) stated that they want to use Internet services like Skype from Microsoft and Facebook continue. These companies had come under criticism because the NSA should have direct under the secret program PRISM access to their server.
the opinion in the U.S. is even closer: Nearly half of respondents (45 percent) stated in a recent survey that the government may monitor e-mails, if it is designed to prevent terrorism. As many (47 percent) were against it.
The federal government wants to talk to the internet companies on the impact of surveillance. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler and Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (both FDP) will meet on Friday with representatives from Google, Microsoft, industry associations and consumer advocates. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger turned as Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) has already written to the U.S. authorities, and requested further information. ( With material of dpa ) / (mho)