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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to push for tougher European laws to protect personal information on the internet.
In a TV interview with the public broadcaster ARD, she said Germany wanted internet companies "to tell us in Europe who they are giving data to".
Her comments follow revelations about a US spying operation that collects users' data from internet companies.
Mrs Merkel also said she expected the US to abide by German law.
Tensions have been running high between the two countries following reports that the US has been eavesdropping on EU and German officials.
"I expect a clear commitment from the US government that in future they will stick to German law," she said.Germany To Push For Tougher Laws To Protect Users' Privacy [bbc.co.uk]