Germans Consider Typewriters to Avoid NSA Spying

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Sometimes technology can be counter-productive, or at least that's what the Germans think.


The German government is reportedly considering trading in their computers for typewriters to avoid NSA spying. In an interview with Morgenmagazin TV, Patrick Sensburg, head of the German parliamentary committee investigating NSA activity, said he and his colleagues were thinking of ditching email and going offline.

Germany's announcement coincides with the arrest of an employee of the German intelligence agency BND on allegations of espionage for the CIA.

Germans aren't the only ones dusting off their old typewriters. Last year Russia’s Federal Guard Service reportedly put in an order for 20 typewriters.

There's never been a better time to invest in typewriter ribbons.

Born and raised in Spain, Lara is a digital producer and writer for Fusion — covering stories in culture and technology as well as in-depth environmental issues across the globe.