European Data Protection Digest

Reding Calls for Answers on UK Spying Allegations

SURVEILLANCE—EU & UK

June 27, 2013

Amidst the latest reports on the U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding is asking UK officials “for details of London's secret snooping programme Tempora by the end of the week,” EUObserver reports. “I have sent a letter to the secretary of state of foreign affairs, William Hague, to express my concern about the recent media reports and ask very clear clarifications regarding the Tempora programme,” Reding said Wednesday. UK spy agency GCHQ “has secretly tapped more than 200 fibre-optic cables carrying phone and Internet traffic,” Wired reports.  Reding said the allegations illustrate the need for EU rules to strike "the right balance between the protection of personal data and the processing of data for security purposes."
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