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EU Officials, U.S. Privacy Group Seek Answers, Action

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

July 5, 2013

PC World reports the “European Parliament gave European Commissioners and national ministers some extra ammunition Thursday in discussions with the U.S. following allegations about American spying and the PRISM scandal: possible suspension of data-sharing agreements.” The European Parliament is asking the U.S. “to provide full disclosure of any spying activities” and has established an inquiry to review the allegations, but it “stopped short of suspending bilateral trade talks due to start on Monday,” the report states. Meanwhile, the European Commission has written to the UK for answers about its surveillance program, Tempora. In the U.S., the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Domestic Surveillance Project announced Thursday that it plans to file a petition with the Supreme Court “to vacate the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court ruling” authorizing the NSA’s collection of metadata on U.S. phone calls.
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