Kamera am Berlaymont-Gebäude der Kommission. Foto: Benjamin Siebert

Written Questions to the Commission on the Surveillance Leaks

Erstellt am 15.07.2013

Information on recent activities about PRISM and TEMPORA in English

Important revelations have been made in recent weeks of massive international surveillance systems in use by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, as well as of targeted surveillance against
EU offices. Programs like PRISM and TEMPORA undermine the fundamental rights of European citizens and people around the world. In its resolution RC-B7-0336/2013 from 4th July 2013, the European Parliament has condemned the spying and has called for urgent action on a number of fronts. The European Commission has also expressed concern over the previously undisclosed mass-surveillance systems.

Greens/EFA in the European Parliament are now working on the follow-up. They are activiely involved in the preparations of the special inquiry by the LIBE Committee. Greens/EFA MEPs Jan Philipp Albrecht, Judith Sargentini and Rui Tavares have also tabled the following questions to the Commission:

  • Has any information obtained by PRISM and/or TEMPORA been processed or otherwise included in analyses by Europol and/or Eurojust?
  • Has any information obtained by PRISM and/or TEMPORA been processed or otherwise included in analyses by the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN)?
  • Which safeguard are/will be put in place in the Europol / Eurojust regulations to prevent the processing of data obtained illegally?
  • Has data obtained by Tempora or other GCHQ programs been used for profiling together with the UK e-Borders (PNR) program?
  • Which safeguards has the European Commission built into to EU PNR proposal to prevent any cross references between PNR data and data obtained illegally by secret services? And how will such safeguards be enforced?
  • Can the Commission join the case by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in the United States Supreme Court against PRISM and related programs as amicus curiae? Will the Commission consider this?
  • Has the Commission started infringement procedures against the United Kingdom because of TEMPORA with a view to the e-Privacy Directive, Article 16 TFEU and Articles 7, 8, and 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights?
  • Has the Commission started infringement procedures against other Member States because of information about their telecommunications surveillance programs with a view to the e-Privacy Directive, Article 16 TFEU and Articles 7, 8, and 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights?
  • Will the Commission revise its cloud computing strategy in light of the recent surveillance revelations, specifically PRISM and the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act, Section 1881a, and set up a clear and consistent cloud computing initiative that addresses all the issues and promotes EU cloud initiatives that fully embody the protection of all civil liberties?
  • Can the Commission guarantee that SWIFT data and PNR data obtained by the US under the EU US PNR and TFTP agreements are not matched with data obtained under the PRISM program? If not, will the Commission seek to suspend these agreements?


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