Skip to comments.EU calls for suspension of multi-billion ‘Safe Harbor’ deal over NSA spying
Posted on 10/31/2013 11:44:04 PM PDT by TexGrill
EU leaders are calling for the suspension of a trade pact with the US worth billions of dollars over NSA spying. The 28-nation bloc suspects the so-called Safe Harbor deal is being undermined by US espionage and has demanded safeguards for EU citizens.
The EUs top politicians have slammed Washington for a breakdown of trust and seek guarantees for the safety of EU customer data.
For ambitious and complex negotiations to succeed there needs to be trust among the negotiating partners, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said Wednesday in a speech at Yale University.
The Safe Harbor agreement has been in place for 13 years and it allows over 4,300 American companies to collect and process sales, emails and photos from EU customers. In order for firms to be able to collate this information they have to comply with seven directives to prevent data loss and disclosure.
However, EU officials believe the system is flawed and can be manipulated by the NSA.
If you look at the US legal environment, there is no adequate legal protection for EU citizens, said the European Parliaments leading data protection lawmaker Jan Philipp Albrecht after talks with officials in Washington.
In the light of the spy scandal the EU has threatened to suspend the treaty pending stipulated changes that would sure up security. EU leaders are expected to urge the US to strengthen its privacy laws to allow European citizen more control over how their private data is used.
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