European Parliament Report

­February 21, 2014 - On the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs (2013/2188(INI))

17. Commends the current discussions, inquiries and reviews concerning the subject of this inquiry in several parts of the world, including through the support of civil society; points to the Global Government Surveillance Reform signed up to by the world's leading technology companies calling for sweeping changes to national surveillance laws, including an international ban on bulk collection of data, to help preserve the public's trust in the internet and in their businesses; points to the calls made by hundreds of leading academics,41 civil society organisations42 and 562 international authors, including five Nobel laureates, for an end to mass surveillance; notes with great interest the recommendations published recently by the US President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the Operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court43; strongly urges governments to take these calls and recommendations fully into account and to overhaul their national frameworks for their intelligence services in order to implement appropriate safeguards and oversight;

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