US NSA surveillance programmes, involvement of IT companies, national intelligence services and impact on EU citizens' privacy: - extracts from the debate

Type: News   Reference: 94227   Duration: 00:04:51  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 03/07/2013   First transmission: 03/07/2013
MEPs debated on the implications of the US PRISM internet surveillance case for EU citizens' privacy and stressed the need to expedite EU data protection reform in a debate with the European Commission and European Council. They have also voiced their concerns over recent press reports of another secret surveillance programme, allegedly run by the UK intelligence agency. Parliament has held two recent debates on the PRISM surveillance programme: one with Commissioner Tonio BORG on 11 June in Strasbourg, and the other with Commission Vice-President Viviane REDING, at a Civil Liberties Committee meeting on 19 June.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNBITE (English) Vytautas LEŠKEVIČIUS Council Data collection programmes are operated for intelligent purposes. They are intended to protect, in the first place, the US citizens, but also others, including Europeans. In the EU a balance between these two interests is insured trough legislation and its implementation is monitored by independent courts. Although we have little information about these US programmes, as it was originally explained that are based on US legislation and are monitored by an independent court, the so called FISA Court . 00:00:40
00:00:50 SOUNBITE (English) Vytautas LEŠKEVIČIUS Council Should be confirmed that any spying activity are take place in the EU territory or against EU interests we should condemn this in strong terms. 00:00:10
00:01:00 SOUNBITE (English) Viviane REDING Commission The fact that the programmes are said to be related to national security, does not means that anything goes. A balance need to be struck between policy objectives perused and the impact on fundamental rights. 00:00:17
00:01:17 SOUNBITE (English) Viviane REDING Commission Programmes such as Prism and Tempora are a wake up call for all of us, a wake up call to advance on our data protection reforms for both private and public sector. A strong framework for data protection is neither a constraint nor a luxury, it is a necessity and it will help to reverse a trend of falling trust in the way in which the data is handling by companies un trusted.... 00:00:33
00:01:50 SOUNBITE (English) Viviane REDING Commission On this question the whole world is watching us, and the denounce Prism and on similar programmes, only reinforces the fact that many expect form Europe to set a gold standard for data protection. 00:00:15
00:02:05 SOUNBITE (German) ) Manfred WEBER EPP , DE) It is unacceptable, we don't spy our friends. I've listen to the speech of American President, the Americans will be protected, but not the Europeans, and that its simply not acceptable. Our confidence is shaken, but we all have shared interests, and one of the biggest interests of Europe is growth , jobs, so we the EPP group believe that the free trade agreement is still to be concluded, we need to continue talking to each other and to make progress on this matter. 00:00:34
00:02:39 SOUNBITE (Greek) Dimitrios DROUTSAS S&D , EL) Let me be absolutely clear, the Americans authorities really must provide explanation to the European population on Prism and other programmes covering data exchange, as well as for the monitoring of the diplomatic missions and representations of the EU member states, as well as the EU institutions themselves. It's a question of credibility and a question of trust between partners. If this information is proven true, than the US must immediately end these practices. 00:00:55
00:03:34 SOUNBITE (English) Sophia IN 'T VELD ALDE , NL) I don't want to hear the argument of national security anymore, it is not credible anymore. Sorry! Bugging the EU offices in Washington is not a matter of national security ! Blanket surveillance of millions of innocent citizens is not a matter of national security, I do not buy that anymore! We need explanation, and not by an expert group behind closed doors, not civil services diplomats, we need political answers!. 00:00:17
00:03:51 SOUNBITE (English) Sophia IN 'T VELD ALDE , NL) I think it is severely misguided to now suspend the talks on the Free Trade Agreement, but it is absolutely clear that we can not sing an agreement with a partner that we can not fully trust... 00:00:11
00:04:02 SOUNBITE (English) Jan Philipp ALBRECHT Verts/ALE , DE) Dear listening intelligence services, yes, perhaps you, the NSA or the British intelligence can explain to our governments, on both sides of the Atlantic that mass surveillance of communication and the bridge of fundamental rights and principles is not at all welcome by the people out there . For this people out there, this house, the European Parliament is carrying the hopes to restore rule of law and the respect to fundamental rights. because today , in a digitalised and globalised world the protections of those users is strongly linked to information technology , the right to privacy and data protection is so essential. 00:00:44
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