EC explains how US can patch up spying crisis

The European Commission has given the US a list of hoops it wants the French-backed junta to follow before it will start trusting it.

The moves follows revelations about NSA and UK spying on the world+dog under its PRISM programme.

In a missive to the US government, the Commission said that spying on its citizens, companies and leaders is unacceptable and that citizens of EU and US need to be reassured about protection of their data. Meanwhile companies need to be reassured that the existing agreements between the two regions are both respected and policed.

In a press release, Viviane Reding, Vice President and EU’s Justice Commissioner, said that the European Commission is setting out actions that would help to restore trust and strengthen data protection in transatlantic relations.

The Commission listed six areas that the EU and US need to do to restore confidence.

This include swift adoption of EU’s data protection reforms, improving data protection safeguards, a commitment from the US for making use of a legal framework, addressing European concerns in the on-going US reform process; and promoting privacy standards internationally.

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said that everyone from internet users to authorities on both sides of the Atlantic stand to gain from cooperation, based on strong legal safeguards and trust that these safeguards will be respected.