European Data Protection Digest

Chancellor Faces Pressure Over PRISM

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY & U.S.

July 11, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing pressure to demand a freeze on transatlantic data-sharing until U.S. officials explain whistleblower Edward Snowden’s claims about data collection, The Irish Times reports. Free Democratic Party Rep. Hartfrid Wolff said, “America wants to have certain data, for instance flight data, but if this is how America deals with its partners, then we in Europe have to ask whether this is how we define a partnership with sensible standards. If we don’t get any satisfaction, then we should put data-sharing on ice.”
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