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EU Parliament: Citizens' Rights Still Endangered By Mass Surveillance 53

New submitter hughankers writes with this slice of a press release from the European Parliament:: Too little has been done to safeguard citizens' fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge the EU Commission to ensure that all data transfers to the US are subject to an "effective level of protection" and ask EU member states to grant protection to Edward Snowden, as a "human rights defender". Parliament also raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.

This resolution, approved by 342 votes to 274, with 29 abstentions, takes stock of the (lack of) action taken by the European Commission, other EU institutions and member states on the recommendations set out by Parliament in its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens, drawn up in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.
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EU Parliament: Citizens' Rights Still Endangered By Mass Surveillance

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  • It's too easy to spy and collect/store information without anybody knowing. The only way to deal with it is to make sure what they have can't be used against you. Also, let's do more spying on them.

  • The U.S. is a big target because of high profile leaks exposing the programs, but it is pretty obvious given the level of cyber intelligence Intel shared between major world powers that every developed nation has similar programs.

    The feigned outrage is especially hypocritical with the E.U. since the world leader in mass surveillance, the U.K., is a member. They not only have mass cyber surveillance, but their population willingly submits to mass video surveillance as well.
    • by jez9999 ( 618189 )

      The feigned outrage is especially hypocritical with the E.U. since the world leader in mass surveillance, the U.K., is a member.

      Hopefully not for too much longer.

    • This.

      And I think the obsession of European media and European governments over US surveillance serves three purposes: (1) to distract Europeans from domestic issues, (2) to make Europeans believe that compared to the US, things are pretty good, and (3) to pass legislation that forces data of European citizens to stay within Europe where it is easier for European spy agencies to get at.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    No word on mass surveillance conducted by Europeans on Europeans? According to leaks, UK was even more egregious than US,

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/21/gchq-cables-secret-world-communications-nsa
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/18/world/britains-gchq-the-brains-americas-nsa-the-money-behind-spy-alliance/

    and the information sharing with US counterparts was done not only by Google and Facebook but also by German BND with NSA.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nsa-scandal-r

  • I am wondering if this is a change of heart brought on by the recent emergency meeting held when mp found out they themselves were being spied on.
  • I wonder to what degree the US does mass surveillance of people in Europe. That homeland security mentality may not be restrained by borders these days.
  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Sunday November 01, 2015 @01:44PM (#50843101)

    This seems to be a concerted propaganda campaign suggesting that things are getting better. They are not. They are getting worse and worse.

  • This is another non binding resolution. The EU parliament is a fake parliament, which cannot really force the commission into doing something (I understand it could revoke it, though, but I am not sure since it never hapened)

    The EU court of justice did the hard work, though, when it stroke down the US-EU safe harbor agreement..

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