Switzerland will soon roll out a new technology to better shield communications within the government from prying eyes, President Ueli Maurer said in an interview published Sunday.
“We will introduce a new technology in the coming days or weeks, (which) will improve security in the government,” Maurer told the Schweiz am Sonntag weekly.
Refusing to provide more details on what the new technology consisted of and how it would work, Maurer said the decision to deploy it was made before the latest reports of US spying on world leaders.
Those reports, including allegations that Washington has been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, made clear “what intelligence agencies are capable of today, and that apparently anyone who is interesting must expect eavesdropping,” he said.
In a separate interview in the SonntagsZeitung weekly, Maurer warned that the scandal risked “undermining confidence between states”.
“We don’t know if we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg or if other governments are acting in the same ruthless manner,” he said.
Maurer said that Swiss ministers have always been cautious about their communications and mobile phones are banned from all government meetings.
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