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As NSA Fallout Continues, Investigations Called For, Launched

SURVEILLANCE

November 14, 2013

Dutch and Belgian data protection authorities are leading an investigation “into whether consumers’ personal data on the global SWIFT money-transfer network can be accessed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) or other intelligence services,” Bloomberg reports. “We will investigate if the security of the networks and databases of SWIFT containing huge quantities of personal data related to bank transactions of, among others, European citizens, allow for or have allowed for unlawful access,” said Dutch DPA and Article 29 Working Party Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm. In the U.S., advocacy groups including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and Center for Digital Democracy sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into Internet companies whose networks were accessed by the NSA. “It is inconceivable that when faced with the most significant breach of consumer data in U.S. history, the commission could ignore the consequences for consumer privacy,” the letter states. Meanwhile, a GigaOM report suggests the legacy of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance could be "much if not most of the open web will be encrypted by default."
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