About: Spying

Digital 25-09-2018

British intelligence services make dramatic admission in spying case

The UK intelligence agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 unlawfully captured private data from the UK-based rights charity Privacy International, legal documents published on Tuesday (25 September) reveal, in a move likely to spark fury amongst civil rights campaigners.
Cybersecurity 14-09-2018

UK guilty of human rights abuse, ECHR finds in groundbreaking surveillance case

GCHQ, the British government's intelligence and security organisation, has breached human rights in its mass surveillance programme, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a landmark ruling on Thursday (13 September).
Cybersecurity 08-06-2018

Nine countries unite against EU export controls on surveillance software

EXCLUSIVE / An EU proposal to impose export controls on technology products that can be used as spyware is at risk of being delayed as a group of nine countries have pushed back against the overhaul.
Cybersecurity 21-02-2018

Eleven member states back EU controls on selling spyware

EXCLUSIVE / Eleven EU countries have signalled their support for draft rules that would place export restrictions on companies selling surveillance technologies, a leaked working paper shows.
Data protection 18-10-2017

EU-US Privacy Shield pact to pass first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union today (18 October) after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on US servers.

Poles show support for Tusk during spy case testimony

European Council President Donald Tusk testified for eight hours in Warsaw on Wednesday (19 April) as a witness in an investigation of two former military counter-intelligence chiefs accused of overstepping their duties.
Enlargement 06-04-2017

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying

German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a newspaper reported yesterday (5 April).

German spying on EU states to be made illegal

The German government has agreed that political espionage against EU countries and institutions by German intelligence services should be banned. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German intelligence service allegedly spied on US and European targets

The German intelligence service (BND) spied on other EU member states, as well as the US, according to media reports in the country. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Béla Kovács
Central Europe 15-10-2015

Parliament lifts Hungarian MEP’s immunity over Russia spy probe

The European Parliament on Wednesday (14 October) agreed to lift the parliamentary immunity of Béla Kovács, a member of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party, amid allegations he has spied for Russia.
US Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has met several times with MEPs in the LIBE committee to talk about US-EU data sharing
Digital 29-09-2015

US slams ECJ advisor’s Safe Harbour opinion

The US government has reacted sharply to the ECJ advocate general's recent opinion on the EU-US data sharing agreement Safe Harbour, criticising its “numerous inaccurate assertions about intelligence practices of the United States”.
The European Parliament approved MEP Marietje Schaake's report on surveillance technology
Digital 09-09-2015

Parliament calls for stricter controls over surveillance tech exports

The European Parliament gave the green light on Tuesday (8 September) to a non-binding resolution calling for safeguards to ensure technology isn't implicated in human rights abuse, especially when it's exported outside of Europe for surveillance or censorship purposes. A European Commission proposal is expected next year.

‘Euphoria’ among jihadists in Europe, says German security agency

The establishment of the caliphate by “Islamic State” (IS) and its military successes have created a “spirit of euphoria” among jihadists in Europe, says the Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution in Germany, which was presented on Tuesday (30 June). EURACTIV.de reports.
Global Europe 12-05-2015

German government denies deceit in NSA scandal

Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert rejected accusations of a govenment cover-up in the mushrooming NSA scandal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. [The Council of the European Union]
Energy 08-05-2015

Oettinger ‘sure’ Russia spied on him during Gazprom talks

Spies regularly target the European Commission, the executive's former energy boss said on Thursday (7 May), suggesting that Russia had listened in during negotiations last year over gas supplies to Ukraine.

France plays down German spying accusations

Paris opted for discretion to try and deflect criticism from France's new Intelligence Bill, ahead of the law’s adoption in parliament on Tuesday (5 May). EURACTIV France reports

BND spying affair divides German coalition

Angela Merkel defended cooperation between Germany’s intelligence service, the BND, and its US counterpart, the NSA, amid fresh accusations of illegal spying operations. EURACTIV Germany reports.

BND scandal: Bundestag committee issues ultimatum

The Bundestag's NSA investigation committee has demanded lists of search terms Germany's intelligence service, the BND, allegedly spied on for Washington.

German prosecutors launch investigation of spying charges

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.
Global Europe 30-04-2015

Juncker: ‘I don’t know if German agents are active here’

“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.
Digital 10-12-2014

Personal data protection is a ‘fundamental right’ in Europe

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
Protesters gather near Germany's intelligence office (BND) in Berlin. July 2013 [Mike Herbst/Flickr]
Global Europe 19-08-2014

Turkey calls German spying ‘completely unacceptable’

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.
Global Europe 11-07-2014

Berlin tells CIA station chief to leave in spy scandal

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.
John Podesta, counselor to the US president
Digital 08-05-2014

Protecting Privacy in a Big Data World

Big data raises big questions. What does it mean for the relationship between citizens and governments, customers and businesses, workers and employers? As governments worldwide ponder how to deal with privacy in a 'big data age', John Podesta recommends to the US president Barack Obama that the protections of the 1974 Privacy Act should be extended to non-US citizens as well.