Eu parliament calls for “in-depth investigation” into us eavesdropping programs

All available means are to be used, in order to bring the USA to the inexorable clearing up

The EU Parliament, in contrast to member state governments and the EU Commission, has reacted much more sharply to the NSA wiretapping programs made public by the whistleblower Snowden. While U.S. President Obama has so far not denied the details that have come to light, but merely said that all governments do this, the parliament has approved by a large majority a resolution for the Civil Liberties Committee to investigate the U.S. Surveillance programs in detail "in depth" . There was not enough support for a committee of inquiry, as was done for the Echelon program.

The EU Commission, the Council and the member states should, in order to put pressure on the US government to "and complete clarification of the" the EU Commission, the Council and the Member States should also seriously consider suspending the agreements on the exchange of PNR data and financial data for counter-terrorism purposes. Condemn as totally unacceptable the spying on and bugging of emails and phone calls from EU offices. The need to verify that data collection through Prism and other programs is legal and not in violation of cybercrime treaties.

The implementation of the planned data protection directive must be accelerated in order to bring the protection of privacy and personal data into line with the new state of affairs. Agreements with the U.S., such as the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement, should not be allowed to undermine European data protection.

In the resolution, the deputies also pointed to eavesdropping programs of EU countries such as Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland, which had to be examined for compatibility with EU law. That sounds less determined. However, the surveillance and espionage activities of the UK authorities have been criticized, and the British government has also called for clarification. And it is to be examined whether eavesdropping programs for the fight against terrorism are reasonable and really necessary.

It is also recommended that whistleblowers such as Snowden be better protected. There must be "procedures" that make it possible to disclose, "to disclose serious violations of fundamental rights". Whistleblowers should also be protected internationally. Snowden has to expect thus first of all no assistance from the European parliament. However, it is essential to continue to support "investigative journalism and freedom of the media unchanged" .

The committee is also expected to develop recommendations, "how to prevent further breaches and ensure reliable and secure protection of the personal data of EU citizens and the IT security of EU institutions and bodies".

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