Two leading telecommunication companies in Germany just initiated the program “E-mail Made in Germany”, with an objective to secure e-mail communication across the country, Deutsche Telekom (DT) informs. Together with United Internet, also one of the largest European telecommunications company, they are determined to transport only SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encrypted e-mails, and to process and store data solely within their borders to ensure the security of communication.
Currently, in collaboration with its partner Uniter Internet, Deutsche Telekom serves more than two-thirds of Internet users in Germany. The initiative is a reaction to the recently discovered spying scandal of European citizens by U.S. intelligence agents.
“Germans are deeply unsettled by the latest reports on the potential interception of communication data. Our initiative is designed to counteract this concern and make e-mail communication throughout Germany more secure in general. Protection of the private sphere is a valuable commodity,” Deutsche Telekom cites the words of René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Over the past eight weeks Snowden scandal rocks political relationships worldwide. While he was given a temporary asylum by Russia, he is currently the most wanted man on the planet. And as the AP just reported, his father was given a visa to visit Edward Snowden in Russia. Although he is hoping for his son to come back home, he is unconvinced that Edward would be given a fair trial, Lon Snowden said for the ABC’s This Week.
The Obama-Putin relationship is at the focus of the entire world due to this scandal. And Germany is particularly sensitive on public surveillance issues, due to the bad experiences they have had through their history.
Invitation is publicly sent to all others providers who are capable and willing to perform program’s defined security standards to join the iniciative. Additionally, a security seal is made, and will act as a proof of standards met:
“From now on, in the GMX, T-Online.de and WEB.DE e-mail applications secure addresses that comply with the “E-mail made in Germany” standards will therefore be marked with a security seal” Deutsche Telekom published on August 09, 2013 on their website.
Experts are questioning the efficiency of “E-mail Made in Germany” program, but others say that it will at least make it tougher and more expensive to break messages encrypted in this way. But this is definitely a step towards more secure communications.
By: Milica Zujko