The Guardian reports: European Union officials have demanded “swift and concrete answers” to their requests for assurances from the US that its mass data surveillance programmes do not breach the fundamental privacy rights of European citizens.
The European commission’s vice-president, Viviane Reding, has sent a letter with seven detailed questions to the US attorney general, Eric Holder Jr, demanding explanations about Prism and other American data snooping programmes.
Reding warns him that “given the gravity of the situation and the serious concerns expressed in public opinion on this side of the Atlantic” she expects detailed answers before they meet at an EU-US justice ministers’ meeting in Dublin on Friday.
She also warns Holder that people’s trust that the rule of law will be respected – including a high level of privacy protection for both US and EU citizens – is essential to the growth of the digital economy, including transatlantic business and the nature of the US response could affect the whole transatlantic relationship. [Continue reading…]