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Angela Merkel wants strong rules on data privacy

Urges European, global changes

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for tougher European and global rules on telephone and Internet data protection on Sunday amid fallout from recent revelations about US surveillance programs.

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

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