European Data Protection Digest

Obama Addresses EU Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

September 5, 2013

The surveillance review board recently named by the White House is slated to meet with privacy advocates and representatives from technology companies in two separate meetings Monday, The Hill reports. A White House spokeswoman said it is not a “White House meeting” and a list of who will be attending has yet to be disclosed. Additionally, President Barack Obama addressed European Union concerns about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program disclosures. “I can give assurances to the publics in Europe and around the world that we’re not going around snooping at people’s e-mails or listening to their phone calls.” Meanwhile, a Reuters report suggests EU privacy law will provide "no magic bullet against U.S. spying," quoting Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, as saying, "It is certainly not up to Europe alone to determine what data can be accessed in the United States."
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