EU strikes data-sharing deal with U.S. for security, terrorism cases



The European Union has struck a deal with the United States on protecting personal data shared for law enforcement purposes in criminal and terrorism investigations, the bloc’s justice chief said on Tuesday.

The so-called “umbrella agreement”, following four years of talks between both sides, would protect personal data exchanged between police and judicial authorities and also between companies and law enforcement authorities.

European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the data sharing agreement was a key step to strengthening Europeans’ right to privacy.

“It will in particular guarantee that all EU citizens have the right to enforce their data protection rights in US courts,” she said in a statement.

Reuters reported on Sept. 6 that there would be a deal.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Dominic Evans)





One Response to “EU strikes data-sharing deal with U.S. for security, terrorism cases”

  1. Dogman says:

    Hmm…and the CIA had direct and unfiltered access to telecommunications data exchanged between German citizens, according to a new document that has surfaced in the German press. The program, codenamed GLOTAIC, was a collaboration between the CIA and Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, known as BND. German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, revealed the existence of the program, which lasted from 2004 to 2006. During those years, the CIA was given access to phone & fax data carried by US telecommunications provider MCI Communications, which is owned by Verizon.

    Verint Systems has been contracted since 2006 for the mass interception of Mexican telecommunications, Wired magazine recently revealed, as part of US and Mexican interventions in the drug trade. Verint is the Israeli-American firm implicated in the National Security Agency’s mass wiretapping of US citizens beginning in 2001.

    In February 2013 Verint bought out its former parent company Comverse, a firm “directly influenced by Unit 8200 technology,” becoming independent from Comverse. Unit 8200 is Israel’s version of the National Security Agency and is part of the intelligence apparatus that surveils Palestinian phone and Internet traffic. Retired Israeli general Hanan Gefen, Unit 8200’s former commander, told Wired that “Comverse’s main product, the Logger, is based on the Unit’s technology.”

    This Mexico Technical Surveillance System allows the Mexican government to “intercept, analyze and use intercepted information from all types of communications systems operating in Mexico.” Part of the 2007 contract “gave the Mexican government access to most internet users in the country.”

    Did you know that Israeli security and surveillance company, Verint Systems, has for years had back-door access to all the traffic passing through Verizon?

    Always seems to come back to the usual suspects being involved!

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