“The European Parliament has serious concerns about the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s activities and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and it took action immediately when allegations of the NSA’s activities became public. In July 2013 it adopted a resolution on the US National Security Agency surveillance programme and launched an inquiry to determine the impact of the NSA and other surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ privacy and media freedom.”

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Mass surveillance Jürgen Fälchle / Fotolia

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament in order to request more protection against mass surveillanceandto safeguard their fundamental rights.

The European Parliament has serious concerns about the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s activities and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and it took action immediately when allegations of the NSA’s activities became public. In July 2013 it adopted a resolution on the US National Security Agency surveillance programme and launched an inquiry to determine the impact of the NSA and other surveillance programmes on EU citizens’ privacy and media freedom.

2014 EP resolution on surveillance programmes

In March 2014 Parliament adopted another resolution on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights, in which it ‘recalls the EU’s firm belief in the need to strike the right balance between security measures…

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