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.
Unless politicians commit to tackle privacy as a policy issue, complying with the precautionary principle and bringing such discussion to an international forum, promises made will be like the words of a lover perfectly aware of not believing in what he says to his beloved, argues Giovanna De Minico.
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.
Germany on Tuesday (5 October) asked the British ambassador to come to the foreign ministry to discuss a newspaper report that a covert spying station was operating in Berlin with hi-tech equipment mounted on the embassy roof.
An increasing number of German public figures are calling for Edward Snowden to be offered asylum in the country, but Berlin maintains that the conditions for granting the whistleblower refuge remain unfulfilled, EURACTIV Germany reports.
The recent revelation about the scope of spying activities has shocked even national leaders, who are generally aware of secret national security programmes and their implications. But the debate should focus on another very important point: the responsibility of our legislators, writes Vigjilenca Abazi.
On the first day of the EU summit yesterday (24 October) German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.
Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year old Pakistani who nearly lost her life for advocating girls' education in her country, is this year’s winner of the Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament's prestigious freedom of thought award. She is also seen as a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has been chosen as the 2013 laureate for the Sakharov Prize, according to senior sources in the European Parliament, pending official confirmation on Thursday. That her name has also been floated for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded a day later will not hurt her chances, EURACTIV has learned.
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been nominated for the EU's top human rights award, worth €50.000.
A former US Security Agency employee, Snowden was shortlisted on Tuesday by the Greens in the European Parliament.
The nomination comes after he revealed earlier in June that the US government had been carrying out mass surveillance programmes on citizens and governments.
Edward Snowden was nominated by the Greens and GUE/NGL leftist groups in the European Parliament to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, an idea that was first floated by a Swedish professor in August this year.
The French Ministry for Foreign Affairs has told EURACTIV that its diplomatic network system is protected and secure, and could not have been a target for the NSA. Human rights organisations have however filed complaints against Apple, Google and Facebook.