European Data Protection Digest

Parliament Begins Special Investigation Into Spying

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

July 11, 2013

The European Parliament has begun a special investigation into allegations that the U.S. has spied on Europeans, reports European Voice. At a 10 July meeting, MEPs on the civil liberties committee agreed to hold 12 meetings on alleged spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Earlier in the week, officials from the European Commission’s home affairs department met in Washington, D.C., for a previously scheduled review of two U.S. counterterrorism programmes. France-based International Federation for Human Rights and the Human Rights League have launched a legal complaint aiming to prompt an investigation into tech companies’ role in the NSA’s PRISM programme. Meanwhile, as EU-U.S. trade talks were set to begin, Lithuania announced, “It will deal with data protection and privacy rights of EU citizens falling within the competence of the EU, addressing the scope and composition of future meetings.”
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