Shaun Nichols reports:
Members of the European Union’s Civil Liberties Committee have questioned European banking officials after access to bank data was granted to US authorities.
The committee issued a statement on Monday expressing concerns over possible privacy and data protection violations within Europe’s Swift financial transition network.
US officials have been requesting bank and transfer information for years as a way to trace funding from individual donors and organisations to terrorist groups. The programme is said to date as far back as 2006.
Members of the European Parliament are now pressing US and European officials to draft a new agreement which provides stricter protections and tighter control by EU authorities.