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First South America, Now Europe: EU No Longer Trusts U.S. Due to NSA Outrage

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The European Union is taking its first major step to counter spying activities conducted by American intelligence services.
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European Union (Photo credit: ana branca)

A new regulation aimed at restricting shady data transfers from EU states to the US is about to be voted on by the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties is expected to vote on a set of altered data protection rules on October 21.

The new legislation would ban the transfer of European data to third countries unless based on EU law or under a new transatlantic pact with Americans complying with EU law.

It would also subject large US companies and social media providers to European law, and would authorize fines for violations – potentially running into billions of euros, the Guardian reported.

The ban was initially proposed two years ago, but was removed from the agenda due to heavy pressure from lobbyists in Washington.  

But the discussion has been revived following leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed that American tech giants – including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo – have provided the National Security Agency (NSA) with massive amounts of personal data belonging to European citizens.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

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