Merkel urges stronger Europe, global data rules

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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.

Merkel pledged that Germany will take a "very strict position" in ongoing talks on European Union-wide data rules. She told ARD television Sunday that Germany will push for those rules to oblige companies such as Google and Facebook to tell European countries who they share data with.

She also suggested that a protocol on data protection could be added to a longstanding United Nations agreement on civil rights, but gave no details.

Germans are sensitive about protecting their personal data. The political opposition is asserting ahead of September elections that Merkel's government isn't doing enough to address those worries and confront the U.S.

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