Peter Micek writes:
On June 25, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Obama administration is seeking to extend to EU citizens several privacy protections in U.S. law, which today are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. If the U.S. Congress follows through and passes legislation to this effect, Europeans will gain access to U.S. courts for certain privacy offences, for the first time.
While Access welcomes the inclusion of a mechanism granting judicial redress for EU citizens in the U.S. in this future agreement, this reform will not end – or even bring transparency to – the wholesale violations of EU citizens’ rights by US surveillance via its top secret intelligence programmes.
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