Germany ponders return to typewriters after spy scandal

Germany has already reportedly banned the use of iPhones for intra-governmental communications and telling inquiry members to leave their mobiles in a metal box in an adjacent room before meetings.

Germany ponders return to typewriters after spy scandal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany is considering reverting back to using manual typewriters for top secret documents after incidents of US spying were revealed this year, Christian Democrat politican Patrick Sensburg said.

Sensburg, who heads the Bundestag's parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany, told the Morgenmagazin TV program that Germany was also thinking about abandoning email communication completely.

"Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening," he said, just a week after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government told a CIA officer to leave the country for spying.

Christian Flisek, the SPD's representative on the committee, criticized the suggestion on Spiegel Online, saying, "This call for mechanical typewriters is making our work sound ridiculous. We live in the 21st century, where many people communicate predominantly by digital means. Effective counter-espionage works digitally too. The idea that we can protect people from surveillance by dragging them back to the typewriter is absurd."

Germany has already reportedly banned the use of iPhones for intra-governmental communications and telling inquiry members to leave their mobiles in a metal box in an adjacent room before meetings, limiting sensitive calls to "Secusmart" encrypted mobile phones, after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the US had tapped Merkel's mobile phone. 

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