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News Summary: Germany pushes for online privacy

The Associated Press

PRIVACY PUSH: Senior German officials are seeking European support for a new global charter safeguarding personal privacy online. They propose expanding a 1966 U.N. human rights treaty to cover modern forms of communication like email, instant messaging and social media.

OLD DEAL: Germany's data protection watchdogs also call for the suspension of a key EU-U.S. pact from 2000 that requires U.S. companies to grant European customers the same level of data protection they could expect in Europe.

BACKGROUND: The moves reflect concerns in Germany that the U.S. National Security Agency may have collected personal information on millions of Web users in breach of national and international rules.