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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘National Security Agency’

NSA inquiry: lead MEP presents preliminary conclusions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 dicembre 2013

Debate on the US internet surveillance of EU c...

Debate on the US internet surveillance of EU citizens (Photo credit: European Parliament)

The European Parliament should consent to a trade deal with the US only if it makes no reference to data protection, says its Civil Liberties Committee in the preliminary conclusions of its inquiry into surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states, tabled by lead MEP Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on Wednesday. The draft text also calls for the swift creation of an EU data storage “cloud” and judicial redress for to protect their data in the US.Mr Moraes’ draft conclusions acknowledge the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement for economic growth and jobs in both the EU and the US. But European Parliament should consent to the deal only if contains no references to data protection provisions, the draft text adds. “We need to ensure that strong data privacy protections are achieved separately from the TTIP”, Mr Moraes told MEPs involved in the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry.Clear political signals that the US understands the difference between allies and adversaries are also needed, says the draft document, which urges the US authorities to draw up a code of conduct to guarantee that no espionage is pursued against EU institutions and facilities.The European Commission should suspend the “Safe Harbour” principles (data protection standards that US companies should meet when transferring EU citizens’ data to the US) and re-negotiate new, appropriate data protection standards, the draft says.The EU’s executive arm is also urged to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) deal with the US until a “thorough investigation” is carried out to restore trust in the agreement. The draft also underlines that the consultations recently concluded by the Commission were based solely on US assurances.

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The European Parliament should consent to a trade deal with the US only if it makes no reference to data protection, says its Civil Liberties

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 dicembre 2013

Outside the Berlaymont building of the Europea...

Outside the Berlaymont building of the European Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Committee in the preliminary conclusions of its inquiry into surveillance of EU citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member states, tabled by lead MEP Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on Wednesday. The draft text also calls for the swift creation of an EU data storage “cloud” and judicial redress for EU citizens to protect their data in the US.Mr Moraes’ draft conclusions acknowledge the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement for economic growth and jobs in both the EU and the US. But European Parliament should consent to the deal only if contains no references to data protection provisions, the draft text adds. “We need to ensure that strong data privacy protections are achieved separately from the TTIP”, Mr Moraes told MEPs involved in the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry.Clear political signals that the US understands the difference between allies and adversaries are also needed, says the draft document, which urges the US authorities to draw up a code of conduct to guarantee that no espionage is pursued against EU institutions and facilities.Suspend Safe Harbour and TFTP agreements The European Commission should suspend the “Safe Harbour” principles (data protection standards that US companies should meet when transferring EU citizens’ data to the US) and re-negotiate new, appropriate data protection standards, the draft says.The EU’s executive arm is also urged to suspend the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) deal with the US until a “thorough investigation” is carried out to restore trust in the agreement. The draft also underlines that the consultations recently concluded by the Commission were based solely on US assurances.

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MEPs call for suspension of EU-US bank data deal

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2013

European Commission

European Commission (Photo credit: tiseb)

(TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency’s alleged tapping of EU citizens’ bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT, says a non-binding resolution voted by Parliament on Wednesday. The resolution, tabled by the S&D, ALDE and Greens/EFA groups, was passed by 280 votes to 254, with 30 abstentions.Although Parliament has no formal powers to initiate the suspension or termination of an international deal, “the Commission will have to act if Parliament withdraws its support for a particular agreement”, says the approved text. It adds that Parliament will take account of the Commission’s response to this demand when considering whether to give its consent to future international agreements.MEPs deplore the fact that no EU member state has investigated these allegations. and urge EU countries to authorise an inquiry by Europol’s Cybercrime Centre. The resolution also calls for a “full on-site technical investigation” of allegations of the US authorities having had unauthorised access to, or having created possible “back doors” into, the SWIFT servers.The Civil Liberties Committee special inquiry into the mass surveillance of EU citizens should also continue to look into the allegations, adds the text.

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NSA inquiry: MEPs hear US privacy experts, whistleblowers and Snowden statement

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 ottobre 2013

NSA inquiry: MEPs hear US privacy experts, whistleblowers and Snowden statement The possibility suspending EU-US trade talks, the idea of creating international standards of privacy protection and the need for genuine parliamentary oversight of surveillance activities were among the issues discussed on Monday at the fourth hearing of the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry into US and EU countries’ spying on EU citizens.”You should not go forward with the new trade agreement [with the US] unless you have adequate assurance for the protection of privacy”, suggested Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre, a US-based civil rights organisation. Some MEPs took note of his suggestion, but others rejected it. Members of the inquiry also discussed the possibility of establishing international standards for the protection of privacy.

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MEPs raise suspension of EU-US bank data deal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 settembre 2013

United States Capitol

United States Capitol (Photo credit: Jack in DC)

MEPs raised the possibility of suspending or even terminating the EU-US Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP), during the discussion on Tuesday about the NSA’s alleged tapping of the SWIFT company’s international bank-transfer data at the Civil Liberties Committee’s third hearing on US and EU countries’ surveillance schemes.Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told MEPs that she had not yet received satisfactory replies from the US authorities concerning the allegations. She said she had written to US Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen on 12 September to ask for clarifications, following the allegations in the press that the NSA had been tapping into personal financial data from SWIFT’s international bank-transfer database.
“I am not satisfied with the answers I got so far,” Ms Malmström told MEPs. “We need more information and clarity,” she said, adding that the Commission had requested formal consultations with the US under Article 19 of the TFTP agreement.Sophie in’ t Veld (ALDE, NL) agreed that the answers from the US were not sufficient. “For me the [TFTP] agreement is effectively dead (…) it is null and void,” she said, adding: “Approving an international agreement is like signing a blank check. (…) The only reason I had to support it no longer exists.”Other MEPs also raised the possibility of suspending or terminating the TFTP agreement. “Would you agree to suspend the agreement given the unclear answers from the US?” asked the committee rapporteur for the inquiry, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK). Parliament’s rapporteur for the TFTP deal, Alexander Alvaro (ALDE, DE), said that he would be in favour of suspension as a “minimum option”.Axel Voss (EPP, DE), said: “At this point we cannot simply withdraw” from the deal. “If media reports are true this constitutes a breach of the agreement and a breach of the agreement can lead to suspension,” replied Ms Malmström, clarifying that a decision to maintain or suspend the TFTP agreement “is a very serious one”.If after analysing all the information, the Commission deemed it necessary to propose a suspension, “this should be decided by qualified majority in the Council,” she said

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Ancora attacchi alla privacy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 settembre 2013

16 paesi, Stati Uniti in primis, hanno chiesto a Yahoo! tra i principali portali internet globali, di fornire informazioni sui propri utenti nei primi sei mesi del 2013.Nessun dubbio, che queste richieste ci siano state perché Yahoo! lo ha comunicato ufficialmente venerdì: sono, infatti, ben 29 mila le richieste di informazioni sui suoi utenti provenienti da 16 paesi ricevute sin dall’inizio dell’anno, ma la stragrande maggioranza dall’amministrazione americana. Nella sua prima relazione denominata “trasparenza”, il motore di ricerca ha detto di aver ricevuto 12.444 richieste da parte delle autorità statunitensi nei primi sei mesi del 2013. Si tratta di tutti i tipi di richieste di dati, ha sottolineato Yahoo!, sia da autorità giudiziarie o dalle autorità degli Stati Uniti di sicurezza nazionale in virtù della legge FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) e NSL (nazionali Lettere di sicurezza). Ma il governo degli Stati Uniti, ha sottolineato la società, “ci proibisce di rivelare ulteriori dettagli sul numero di applicazioni”. Ron Bell, il principale membro dell’ufficio legale di Yahoo! ha tentato comunque di rassicurare il pubblico dichiarando che “che le richieste dei governi sono fatte legalmente e agli effetti di legge.” Se é pur vero che, per quanto dichiarato da Yahoo! nel 55% dei casi sono state fornite informazioni “senza contenuto”, come nomi o la geolocalizzazione, e per il 6% non si riescono a fornirne, resta circa un 40 % di dati per così dire più significativi o meglio invasivi che, comunque, per Giovanni D’Agata, fondatore dello “Sportello dei Diritti” vanno a ledere la sfera della riservatezza degli utenti.Tra i 16 paesi e territori richiedenti Yahoo! ci sono in Australia , Hong Kong, l’ India , Nuova Zelanda, Taiwan, Francia, Germania, Irlanda, Gran Bretagna, Brasile e anche l’Italia. Non é dato sapere, però cosa abbiano richiesto le autorità italiane ed i dati di chi.É ovvio, per lo “Sportello dei Diritti”, dopo che Google, Microsoft, Facebook ed infine Yahoo! hanno rivelato sin dalla fine di agosto, che più di 70 stati avevano chiesto informazioni sui propri utenti nella prima metà del 2013, si pongono seri problemi di tutela della privacy dei cittadini che semplicisticamente vengono giustificati e archiviati in tutta fretta dagli stati come conseguenze delle esigenze di sicurezza nazionale. Le rivelazioni circa il programma di sorveglianza degli Stati Uniti, per cui l’Agenzia per la Sicurezza americana, NSA, (National Security Agency) ha ricevuto dalle multinazionali della rete e dell’informatica migliaia di dati digitali relativi agli utenti Internet, a questo punto potrebbe essere la punta di un iceberg di un Grande Fratello che spia le nostre vite utilizzando uno strumento divenuto indispensabile nella vita quotidiana: la rete. Giovanni D’Agata, fondatore dello “Sportello dei Diritti”, si augura, quindi, che alla luce delle dichiarazioni delle principali società che operano su internet, non ultima Yahoo!,
che vedono coinvolta anche l’Italia, vi siano i dovuti chiarimenti da parte del governo italiano e una più severa regolamentazione dell’accesso ai dati sensibili dei cittadini che paiono, allo stato, indiscriminatamente a disposizione delle autorità nazionali.

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