Proposed EU Data Protection amendment would open the door for secret funneling of Europeans' data to the NSA

Here's an important consideration for Europeans in light of the NSA dragnet surveillance revealed by the recent leaks: some of the amendments to the controversial new EU Data Protection Regulation would open the door to the secret transfer of EU citizens' private information to US intelligence agencies. The UK Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Ludford has advocated amendments that do this. The Open Rights Group and principled UK LibDems are calling on the Baroness to withdraw her support for these amendments and support transparency and accountability in the handling of sensitive personal information of Europeans.

For instance, the Baroness is behind amendment number 1210.

This removes the right to know if your data might be transferred to a third country or international organisation. It does this by deleting the following bit of the proposed Regulation:

Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point g
(g) where applicable, that the controller intends to transfer to a third country or international organisation and on the level of protection afforded by that third country or international organisation by reference to an adequacy decision by the Commission;

It hardly needs spelling out given the recent news about PRISM and state surveillance, but knowing which companies or countries your data might be moved to is likely to increasingly be a fundamental consideration for someone deciding whether to share personal data.

Baroness Ludford amendment - opening the door to FISAAA?


  1. The Baroness!  I knew COBRA was behind this.

    And Now We Know…and Knowing is half the battle.

    1. Most British people wouldn’t be surprised to find out Cabinet Office Briefing Room A is behind this.

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  3. Why am I not surprised that this is a proposal from a british politician. Criticizing the EU for meddling in their precious affairs, ruining it for everyone else and then bending over like eager littler bootlickers to every crazy whim of their overlord.

    1. Even though I think that the EU is a good idea, I’d be happy to see the UK leave just so that the rest of us wouldn’t have to listen to the incessant whining about it’s ruined life for all decent English people.

        1. But they’re the ones doing the whining. Get rid of Paul Dacre and then we’ll talk.

      1.  I’m happy with that, as long as I’m given a chance to get out into another EU country first.

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