European Union Angered by N.S.A. PRISM Program

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Public outrage continues over the revelation the N.S.A. has been surveilling internet data of companies like Google, Microsoft and Skype. But that outrage is not limited to U.S. borders.

There are now concerns that the N.S.A. PRISM program could complicate talks for a free trade agreement between the E.U. and U.S. that were expected to begin next month. U.S. companies have been pushing for fewer restrictions on cross-border data flows, which are highly regulated in Europe.

The news of the PRISM program has, for some European lawmakers, transformed troubling demands from American businesses for less restrictive data requirements into unacceptable data hoarding by the U.S. government. Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, explains why.


Sophie in't Veld

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Richard of Welland

"a Dutch member of the European Parliament, explains why" ...well, she might have, but we'll never know, 'cos you brought up the music and cut her off while she started to answer your question!

Jun. 12 2013 06:23 PM
Ron from Seattle, WA

There's a small typo in the name of the Dutch European Parliament member: there should be a space between "in" and "'t," so her name is Sophie in 't Veld, not Sophie in't Veld.

Jun. 12 2013 02:04 PM

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