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NSA Programs: Criminal? Necessary? Collecting EU Data?

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

June 28, 2013

The Austrian student group Europe v. Facebook has filed complaints with several EU data protection authorities in light of news of the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs. The group’s head told Ars Technica that the goal “is to see if it is legal for a European Union company to forward data to the National Security Agency in bulk...(and) to get more information, because they will have to disclose stuff in a preceding here. The U.S. gag orders are not valid here.” Meanwhile, the NSA chief is defending the program, saying it has helped uncover 54 terrorist plots, but an op-ed in The New York Times calls the programs “criminal” and chastises the administration for justifying them.
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