Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods,

Germany faces calls for mobil…

Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods,

The Straits Times | 2021-07-20 20:32

BERLIN (REUTERS) - German authorities faced pressure on on Tuesday (July 20) to set aside longstanding privacy concerns and send mobile phone alerts directly to people in potential disaster zones following the devastation wrought by last week's catastrophic floods. Unlike many other countries, including Japan, Israel and New Zealand, Germany has no way of sending text messages en masse to citizens about extreme weather events, partly due to the experience of oppressive surveillance in the country's formerly Communist east and under Hitler's Nazi regime. Some government ministers and senior officials have already called for a change as Angela Merkel's government fends off accusations that its preparedness systems were woefully lacking, despite severe weather warnings from meteorologists. "This flood disaster must be a wake-up call to everyone that we should not only discuss data prote…

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