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EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify 177

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Qedward writes with word that the EU Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee published the draft of their report on the impact of dragnet surveillance by the NSA on EU citizens (PDF). Quoting CIO: "... Members of the European Parliament say that it is 'very doubtful that data collection of such magnitude is only guided by the fight against terrorism,' and that there may be other motives such as political and economic espionage. The document urges EU countries to take legal action against the breach of their sovereignty perpetrated through such mass surveillance programs." The same committee voted today to allow Edward Snowden to testify before them in a special hearing.
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EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

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  • Re:Where? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Grantbridge (1377621) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @01:15PM (#45907763)
    RTFA: The former US National Security Agency worker would testify by interactive video link from Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 09, 2014 @01:18PM (#45907807)

    I don't think you're recent on UK-EU relations; they're fairly complicated and not going all too well lately.

  • Re:Perhaps (Score:5, Informative)

    by Alain Williams (2972) <addw@phcomp.co.uk> on Thursday January 09, 2014 @01:26PM (#45907907) Homepage

    Of course in England, they are even more willing to give up their rights than Americans.

    Some of us are apathetic, the rest are incensed are to how our government is acting as the USA's poodle.

  • Re:Where? (Score:4, Informative)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @01:38PM (#45908013) Homepage

    Or, if they're going to have him testify, they have diplomats collect him and bring him in on a plain covered by immunity, move him around in diplomatic cars, and house him in diplomatic residences.

    The last time they thought that he was on a plane protected by diplomatic immunity, they grounded it and searched it [nbcnews.com] at the request of the United States. That's also why Julian Assange is still stuck in the Ecuadorian embassy in London: The UK authorities have made it clear that they will pull him out of a diplomatic vehicle if they try to transport him to Ecuador.

  • by MouseR (3264) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @01:44PM (#45908067) Homepage

    There was a story a few years ago that showed Boeing was successful in derailing an Airbus deal by using espionage and hacking to gather intelligence on the Airbus proposal, allowing Boeing to cut-in the proposition with their own submissions, finally realizing the deal at the expense of Airbus.

  • by hazeii (5702) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @02:16PM (#45908609) Homepage

    A quick synopsis (so may contain stuff to quibble over) but the meat appears to be the action list (read the original document - link in article - for the rest):

    Action 1: Adopt the data protection package [europa.eu]

    Action 2: Set up an overall agreement ensuring 'proper redress mechanisms' for EU citizens where data is passed to the US for law enforcement purposes.

    Action 3: Suspend 'safe harbour' (covering personal data) until the US comply with 'EU highest standards'

    Action 4: Suspend the 'TFTP' (Terrorist Finance Tracking Package) until a) Action 2 complete b) the EU have looked into it

    Action 5: Worth quoting in full: "Protect the rule of law and the fundamental rights of EU citizens, with a particular focus on threads to the freedom of the press and professional confidentiality (including lawyer-client relationships) as well as enhanced protection for whistleblowers".

    Action 6: Develop a european strategy for IT independence (that'll send cold shivers down the spine of certain US companies).

    Action 7: Develop the EU as a reference player for a democratic and neutral governance of the internet (my translation: currently it's a US party, we want in on that).

  • Re:Where? (Score:5, Informative)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @03:30PM (#45909693) Homepage

    the plane that they grounded that time was headed to somewhere in Latin America (Cuba or Ecuador I think).

    That would be Bolivia. Which, since it was Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane, is about as serious a diplomatic violation as you can get (imagine Russia or China grounding Air Force One and searching it).

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