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[CSOOnline] Data privacy concerns could derail EU-US trade talks

Europe's Justice Commissioner warned Tuesday that data privacy concerns could derail a major trade deal between the U.S. and the E.U.
"The U.S. will have to take European concerns about privacy and data protection very seriously ... otherwise, the European Parliament may decide to reject the TTIP," Commissioner Viviane Reding said at a conference in Washington. [...]

[NYTimes] As It Denounces U.S. Spying, Europe Delays Privacy Protection at Home

Even with Europe in an uproar over intrusive United States surveillance, its leaders are looking for ways to slow down legislation aimed at preventing violations of privacy at home. [...]

[WallStreetJournal] U.S. Says France, Spain Aided NSA Spying

Millions of phone records at the center of a firestorm in Europe over spying by the National Security Agency were secretly supplied to the U.S. by European intelligence services—not collected by the NSA, upending a furor that cast a pall over trans-Atlantic relations. [...]

[Spiegel] Cover Story: How NSA Spied on Merkel Cell Phone from Berlin Embassy

According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations. [...]

[FinancialTimes] Victory for tech giants on EU data laws

Google, Facebook and other US tech giants have won an important victory against EU efforts to restrict the sharing of customer data after UK Prime Minister David Cameron persuaded the bloc to postpone the introduction of tougher privacy rules by at least a year. [...]

[TheGuardian] NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. [...]

The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA. [...]

[Euronews] Online privacy protection

A question from Tom via Twitter: “Do you think our privacy and more generally our fundamental rights as EU citizens are at risk with growing mass surveillance by the US and other governments?

Answer from Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson and co-founder of Quadrature du Net, a non-profit association defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet :

[Descrier] New EU data protection proposal is stronger, but still has major loopholes

One of the most important pieces of legislation wending its way through the European Parliament concerns data protection. Because of its potential impact on major US companies like Google and Facebook, this has become one of the most fought-over proposals in the history of the EU, with lobbyists apparently writing large chunks of suggested amendments more favorable to online services. And all of that was before Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying in the EU made data protection an even more politically-sensitive area. [...]

[ComplianceWeek] European Parliament Group Embraces Tougher Data Protection Regulations

Members of European Parliament pushed forward last week with sweeping reforms to the European Union's data protection rules, which would strengthen privacy protections and impose stiff penalties for companies running afoul of the new rules. [...]

[TechDirt] EU Data Protection Proposal Gets Stronger, But With Big Loopholes

One of the most important pieces of legislation wending its way through the European Parliament concerns data protection. Because of its potential impact on major US companies like Google and Facebook, this has become one of the most fought-over proposals in the history of the EU, with lobbyists apparently writing large chunks of suggested amendments more favorable to online services. [...]

[WashingtonInternetDaily] Proposed New Data Protection Rules Said Bad for Internet Business, Potentially Good for Users

A compromise package for reform of Europe's data protection rules set for a vote this week in the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee could either boost safeguards for online users or threaten the very existence of some Internet business models, stakeholders said. […]

[BBC] Critics condemn new EU data-protection legislation

Critics have said new European data-protection laws have loopholes that could render the legislation useless. The rules are the first attempt to create strong data-protection laws for Europe's 500 million citizens. They include a clause to strengthen online privacy in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's allegations about US spying. […]

[PCWorld] European Parliament votes to permit pseudonymous data profiling

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted Monday night to allow profiling of “pseudonymous” data, but digital rights groups say that safeguards to protect data are not sufficient.

The committee vote was on the latest amendments to the proposed E.U. Data Protection Regulation, which was put forward by Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding in 2012 and has provoked some of the heaviest lobbying seen in Brussels in years. The text voted on Monday had been through almost 4,000 amendments.

[TheGuardian] Snowden leaks: France summons US envoy over NSA surveillance claims

The French government has summoned the US ambassador in Paris, demanding an explanation about claims that the National Security Agency has been engaged in widespread phone surveillance of French citizens. [...]

According to the paper, the documents show that the NSA was allegedly targeting not only terrorist suspects but politicians, businesspeople and members of the administration under a programme codenamed US-985D. [...]