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Berlin Now Home to Privacy Activists, Leakers

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY

November 27, 2013

The Washington Post reports on Germany’s once-divided city of Berlin and how it has become a haven for privacy activists and whistleblowers attempting to avoid prosecution from countries such as the U.S. and UK. Documentary filmmaker and Edward Snowden conduit Laura Poitras has made Berlin home, as has former Wikileaks spokesman Jacob Appelbaum. One privacy activist said, “It’s a rather inviting social climate right now … Why be completely paranoid, go mad, have your house surveilled? There’s a reason people are coming here.” (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: Appelbaum will be part of a panel discussing the NSA disclosures at this year’s IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels.
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