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Shutting Down EU Is Not the Way To Defend Privacy

SURVEILLANCE—EU & U.S.

January 9, 2014

In reaction to yesterday’s release of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee draft report on U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance, Field Fisher Waterhouse Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, writes, “Shutting down pretty much all transatlantic data flows in order to prevent unreasonable access to data by the U.S. intelligence services would not only be disproportionate, but it would be hugely damaging to the information society we all rely on.” In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Ustaran looks at several specific provisions of the draft report, noting that though it’s extreme, there is no need to panic. Meanwhile, TechCrunch reports that the LIBE Committee has invited former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to testify on U.S. surveillance.
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