America's Allies Want Answers On America's NSA Surveillance Program

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Europeans Seeking Answers In Wake Of NSA Snooping Stories -- Deutsche Welle

Media reports that the US National Security Agency has been monitoring phone and Internet records have raised concerns on both sides of the Atlantic. The revelations have left European politicians scrambling to respond.

Senior European Union officials said on Monday that they intended to use a meeting later this week to question their American counterparts about the possible impact on the privacy of EU citizens caused by the National Security Agency (NSA) monitoring program.

"This case shows that a clear legal framework for the protection of personal data is not a luxury or constraint, but a fundamental right," the European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding said.

The European Parliament announced that it would discuss the issue in a debate on Tuesday.

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More News On America's Allies Wanting Answers On America's NSA Surveillance Program

World leaders seek answers on US collection of communication data -- The Guardian
NSA Data Mining Raises Eyebrows Among U.S. Allies -- Fiscal Times/Reuters
No plans to end broad US surveillance despite sharp backlash from foreign allies, Congress -- Washington Post/AP
EU, Germany’s Merkel to raise NSA surveillance programs with US officials, including Obama -- Washington Post/AP
Prism scandal: European commission to seek privacy guarantees from US -- The Telegraph
Merkel, Obama to discuss NSA surveillance program -- AP
NSA spying revelations leave Europe silent -- New Europe
NSA Data-Scooping: A Coming Backlash in Europe? -- David Talbot, MIT Technology Review
US surveillance row washes up on Pacific allies' shores -- Reuters
Awkward questions face Australia after US spy row -- Sydney Morning Herald
Privacy czar to probe Canadian impact of U.S. data program -- CBC/Canadian Press

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