[TheGuardian] NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance is violation of European law, report finds

The authors of a new study on mass-scale surveillance [Sergio Carrera, a Spanish jurist, and Francesco Ragazzi, a professor of international relations at Leiden University in the Netherlands] have accused the intelligence services of the US and EU countries of violating European law and urged the European parliament to take action. [...]

[The authors] also called for new EU laws to stop internet companies giving information to intelligence services, to protect whistleblowers such as the NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and to form a permanent oversight body on intelligence matters. [...]

They said the EU parliament should threaten to block an EU-US free trade agreement unless the NSA and GCHQ disclose the full nature of their surveillance programmes. [...]