German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed establishing a European communications network with a view to ensuring data protection in the EU. The network will avoid passing emails and other data through the United States. Chancellor Merkel said she would discuss the issue on Wednesday with French President Francois Hollande.

The EU has been deeply worried following Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the mobile phones of leaders from US allied countries. Also, leaked classified NSA documents revealed that the US and the UK are gathering large amounts of personal data from the internet.

In order to address these problems, Merkel suggested establishing a European communications network that will ensure personal emails and data do not automatically pass through the US. In particular, the German Chancellor pointed out that Facebook and Google can be based in countries with low levels of data protection while carrying out business in other countries that have stricter data protection rules.

As she stated: “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. Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe.”

Finally, Chancellor Merkel said she would discuss the project with French President Francois Hollande.