European Federalist Party

Brussels, 14 June 2013

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PRESS RELEASE – US must respect EU citizens’ privacy rights

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The European Federalist Party (EFP), a pan-European political party dedicated to democratic and federalist reform, supports the calls of the European Commission and national governments for the US government to respect the privacy rights of EU citizens.

European and world press have given extensive coverage to recent disclosures of massive and systematic unauthorized data collection, including email and social media surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) of millions of US, EU, and other citizens. Civil liberties and human rights advocates have given the European public plausible concern that the NSA has infringed on their fundamental privacy rights. There are also concerns about how this data and internet surveillance may affect the world digital economy and transatlantic political and business relations.

Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, has sent US Attorney General Eric Holder a letter demading “swift and concrete answers” to seven questions about the NSA’s data and internet surveillance activities. The EFP calls for Attorney General Holder to answer her questions fully and without delay, in time for the EU-US justice ministers’summit in Dublin on Friday, June 14th.

The EFP also calls for the European Commission and the European Parliament to make further inquiries into how NSA surveillance may be affecting the privacy rights of EU citizens and the economic interests of EU businesses. If the US government enjoys this degree of access to private communications, how secure are EU firms from industrial espionage?

Finally, the EFP reminds the United States that EU-US relationships are based on reciprocal respect for democratic values. The United States needs European cooperation for any of its global political, defense, or economic interests. It should show corresponding respect for our citizens and our values – without jeopardizing high standards of national and European security.

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Media information: The board of the European Federalist Party can be contacted at:

 

Maria Coelho: info@federalistparty.eu

 

The European Federalist Party (EFP) is the pan-European party for a more democratic, united and solidary Europe: a Europe of the people and for the people. The EFP was founded in 2011 in Paris by citizens from all over Europe and has since developed into a cross-border movement with thousands of members, supporters and chapters in 18 EU states. The EFP was instrumental in the introduction of several key laws and reforms in the EU, including improvements to the Lisbon treaty, the European Citizens’ Initiative and the EU roaming regulation.

 

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