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  • TRENDING: Immigration reform | Israel | ObamaCare SPONSORED: AT&T Tech in Policy MORE TECHNOLOGY HEADLINES OVERNIGHT TECH: House panel to appraise art copyrights German probe turns to typewriters to avoid NSA Copyright Office ponders Aereo fallout MOST POPULAR EMAILED DISCUSSED BLOG BRIEFING ROOM Poll: Boehner lawsuit a 'political stunt' 10:27pm CONGRESS BLOG Congress needs to choke off Operation... 05:00pm CONTRIBUTORS Zombies, vampires, Reagan reenactors and... 04:45pm TWITTER ROOM Jeb Bush gives nod to Brown's Senate bid 04:36pm TECHNOLOGY OVERNIGHT TECH: House panel to appraise... 06:36pm 10 29 6 7 TAGS: TweetTweet 28 HOME | POLICY | TECHNOLOGY German probe turns to typewriters to avoid NSA By Julian Hattem - 07/14/14 05:33 PM EDT Germany's parliamentary committee investigating the National Security Agency is mulling using manual typewriters to make sure American agents dont snoop on its work. Patrick Sensburg, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union party who is leading the panel, told a German broadcaster on Monday that the committee needed to do all it can to secure its work from spies prying eyes. "In fact, we already have [a typewriter], and its even a non-electronic typewriter," he said, according to a translation from Ars Technica. Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening, he added, according to the English-language outlet The Local. And of course we have to keep our internal communication secure, send encrypted emails, use encrypted telephones and other things, which I'm not going to say here of course." U.S. surveillance of German government agencies and top officials has created a rift between the two countries since last year's revelations that the NSA had been listening in on Merkels cellphone conversations. More recently, one German agent was arrested for handing information to the CIA about the parliaments inquiry into the NSA. That action caused the government to ask the CIA station chief to leave the country last week. Over the weekend, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that two members of parliament had also had their phones compromised. In an interview this weekend, Merkel said it was not that easy to convince the Americans to change the way their intelligence operations work. If German officials do decide to use typewriters for their work, they would not be the only ones. Russian agents reportedly spent thousands on old-fashioned typewriters in recent months to avoid leaks. Angela Merkel, Patrick Sensburg, National Security Agency, Germany, Central Intelligence Agency Get TheHill's free daily Technology email From Hillicon Valley Team the overnight email is a round-up of the day's top technology stories delivered every weekday morning. 10LikeLike ShareShare Enter Your Email Address SIGNUP More Technology Headlines Technology News RSS feed Holder sees 'racial animus' in... "There's a certain level of vehemence" from administration critics, he... Immigration reform fizzles as... Dem strategists admit their partys record on immigration will do little... Obama the pariah Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message: Keep away. Gregg: When the GOP takes the... OPINION | Obama has clearly opted out of the role of governing through... New alert system gives president... The FCC's proposal would allow the president to broadcast to the entire... ADVERTISEMENT NEWS POLICY REGULATION BLOGS BUSINESS CAMPAIGN OPINION CONTRIBUTORS VIDEO PEOPLE JOBS EVENTS
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