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After PRISM, EU Trust in U.S. Questioned

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

June 18, 2013

Several EU officials have called for more trust and transparency between the EU and U.S. With both regions set to commence trade talks, the role of data protection of EU citizens is being called into question. European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said, “If the EU wants to cooperate with other countries, including the U.S.A., on cybersecurity, it must necessarily be on the basis of mutual trust and respect for fundamental rights, a foundation which currently appears compromised.” Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes also said the U.S. needs to be “more transparent with Europeans about what has been going on.” In an op-ed for The New York Times, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote that the NSA’s PRISM program puts Europeans “at a severe disadvantage compared with U.S. citizens,” adding, “EU citizens are not even given a chance to use American courts to attain any kind of remedy or recourse.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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