Imagine you found out that the kid you're cool with across your dorm room had been spying on your Facebook messages for the past year. After immediately locking your account down with a new password (with two-step verification) and deleting him from your life, you'll make your way through every social media and communications service to make sure this dude could never look at your stuff again. That seems to be the plan for Germany and France when it comes to America.
Next week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to meet with French President Francois Hollande to discuss a new European Internet network that will be able to keep their traffic away from America. This new network would be in response to the documents that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked that revealed the U.S. government had been spying on friendly countries, even going as far as reading the emails and text messages of Merkel. "Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic," Merkel told Reuters. "Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."
"We've got to do more for data protection in Europe, there's no doubt about it," she continued.