SNOOPING BY US GOVERNMENT HURTING EU RELATIONS!

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Politicians and bureaucrats in the US government think it is fine to violate the Fourth Amendment of US citizens. They also think it is fine to violate foreign laws, even when a first grader could tell them they are attacking the wrong people. Now, there are politicians in the European Union who want to suspend certain types of business with US companies because of the issue. The issue is the violation of people’s personal information online.

What one EU politician says

Here, via Reuters, is what one EU politician says.

The Czech Republic’s Vera Jourova said in written answers to EU lawmakers that the so-called Safe Harbour agreement allowing companies to transfer personal data to the United States could be suspended if negotiations between Brussels and Washington on security services’ access to personal data prove fruitless.

“Suspension is certainly an option on the table for me. But we are not yet there,” Jourova said in answers seen by Reuters on Monday.

What is Safe Harbor

Under the EU’s strict data protection laws, companies may only transfer personal data outside the 28-member bloc if a country is deemed to have adequate safeguards for that data. Only a handful of countries worldwide meet the required standards.

The United States is not one of them, which is why the European Commission, the EU’s executive, adopted the Safe Harbour agreement in 2000, under which U.S. companies certify themselves that they meet the EU’s data privacy standards.

However, the Commission has come under pressure from EU lawmakers to scrap the agreement, after last year’s revelations about mass U.S. surveillance programs involving EU citizens, which prompted a political backlash against U.S. tech companies.

“Safe Harbour is there because the U.S. is not adequately protecting personal data,” one opponent of the agreement in the Brussels-based legislature, Jan Philipp Albrecht of the Greens group, told Reuters.

The US government thinks violating the Constitution is fine. People keep electing politicians who want power, not what the people want. It might be time to get people to realize we are a Republic, not a Democracy.

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