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EU sends deputies to the U.S. to discuss surveillance allegations

October 25, 2013, 18:10 UTC+3
European Parliament considers legislation to protect privacy of EU citizens
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BRUSSELS, October 25. (Itar-Tass) – The European Parliament has decided to send a team of deputies to the United States in order to clarify information regarding possible surveillance of American intelligence services of cellphones of top European politicians.

An official representative of the European Parliament noted on Friday at the EU summit in Brussels: “Visit of nine deputies from the Civil Freedoms Committee of the European Parliament will take three days,” adding that lawmakers were looking into legislative measures to protect EU citizens from American surveillance.

October 21, French Le Monde, citing data from Snowden, reported on its website that the NSA has extensive wiretaps of French citizens. Thus, from December 10, 2012 to January 8, 2013 the NSA intercepted phone calls and SMS messages. The secret program was called the US-985D. Le Monde believes that this is the designation of the so-called “third group” of countries tapped, which also includes Germany, Poland, Austria and Belgium. In the “second group” includes countries more close in their policy to the United States — UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

October 23, it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies could wiretap the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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