German policymakers have moved to strengthen data retention laws, insisting that information will only be stored in Germany, and for much shorter periods, after the European Court of Justice struck down EU legislation that required data storage for longer periods.
Germany's top public prosecutor will look into accusations that the country's BND foreign intelligence agency violated laws by helping the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe, including Airbus group, the federal prosecutors office said.
“One day I said at a College meeting that we should have a secret service, because agents are here,” European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker jokingly said, after allegations by the German press that Germany's national intelligence agency spied on top French officials and the EU's headquarters on behalf of US intelligence.
Germany's intelligence agency, the BND, spied on French officials and the EU's headquarters on behalf of US intelligence, German media reported Thursday (30 April). Asked to comment, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that it is very difficult to keep secret services under control.
Europe's data protection authorities have laid down their guiding principles for the use of European citizens' personal data, in a joint statement that describes data protection as a fundamental right. EurActiv France reports .
The latest leaked spying records reveal that Germany’s BND intelligence agency considers Turkey a target, complicating relations between Ankara and Berlin at a time when the German government is considering arming Iraq’s Kurdish minority. EurActiv Germany reports.
Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country on Thursday (10 July) in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behaviour of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.
Germany has called for global standards to protect people’s privacy on the Internet in the run-up to a "cyber dialogue" opening in Berlin today (27 June), less than a year after US intelligence services were caught red-handed tapping Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. EurActiv Germany reports.
A Dutch cabinet minister faced calls to quit yesterday (11 February) after admitting he wrongly told parliament that 1.8 million telecommunications intercepts had been collected by the US National Security Agency, rather than the Dutch spy service.
Civil rights groups filed criminal complaints in several EU member states on Monday (2 February), accusing government officials and secret service leaders of taking part in or aiding illegal intelligence activities, EurActiv Germany reports.
EU commissioners and experts expressed bewilderment after "worrying" revelations on Thursday (30 January) that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on heads of state during the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009.
Speaking to the German Bundestag on Wednesday (29 January), Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the NSA spying scandal but she was quick to warn against hasty reactions like abandoning the planned EU-US trade and investment partnership. The opposition accused her being submissive, EurActiv Germany reports.
The European Commission has welcomed President Barack Obama's remarks and presidential directive on the review of US intelligence programmes. Obama banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Thursday (16 January).
The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted today (9 January) to allow a pre-recorded video testimony from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The hearing will feed into the Assembly's special inquiry into allegations of mass surveillance by US intelligence services.
Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call yesterday (9 December) for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furore over online surveillance.