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PRISM scandal: Vice-President Reding makes it clear the data protection rights of EU citizens are non-negotiable

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Meeting in Dublin, Vice-President Reding and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the data surveillance programme, PRISM, in the context of the EU-U.S. Ministerial held on 14 June 2013.

Following their meeting, Vice-President Reding said: "The concept of national security does not mean that “anything goes”: States do not enjoy an unlimited right of secret surveillance. In Europe, even in cases involving national security, every individual – irrespective of their nationality – can go to a Court, national or European, if they believe that their right to privacy or to data protection has been infringed. I have made my point clearly: this is what I want for European citizens also in the US."

At the EU-U.S. ministerial, the two delegations agreed to quickly convene a meeting of EU-U.S. experts to look into #PRISM and the safeguards available for EU citizens.

Vice-President Reding called for intensified efforts to reach an agreement on an EU-U.S. data protection agreement that guarantees equal treatment for EU and U.S. citizens.