European Data Protection Digest

Amidst NSA Report, Special Committee To Investigate Spying Reports

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

July 3, 2013

As headlines continue to abound regarding concern from EU officials and member states, EurActiv reports the European Parliament “plans to establish a special committee to investigate reports that an American spy agency monitored phone calls and e-mails of EU institutions and some member states.” The panel, which will be established as part of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, will deliver its report by year’s end and “formulate proposals on adequate redress measures in case of confirmed violations and put forward recommendations to prevent that similar espionage events happen in the future,” the report states. Following communication with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said, “The U.S. appears to take our concerns regarding PRISM seriously,” noting Holder has committed to setting up an expert group “to assess the matter in detail…and the group will have its first meeting this month and a second one in Washington in September." Meanwhile, in a TechNewsWorld interview, Oxford Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger opines, “People feel they have been deceived; people feel that they cannot trust the U.S. government.”
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