BERLIN — The news that the National Security Agency has its eye on much of the world’s electronic communications has shocked Germans who have memories of Nazi and Cold War-era spying. Now, an alliance of German phone and Internet companies claims it has a solution: German e-mail and Internet, transmitted within German borders.
The proposals — one for Internet, one for e-mail — aim to boost the security of Germany’s internal communications by preventing them from bouncing outside the country, which has far stricter privacy regulations than the United States. If a German customer wants to call up a German website, there is no reason the data must pass through a server in Virginia, exposing the information to potential surveillance along the way, the advocates say. The same goes for e-mails within Germany. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.