BRUSSELS – The European Commission says officials will confront U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday on whether U.S. services are vetting bulk data of EU citizens and companies through eavesdropping programs, and will insist on the fundamental respect of rights.
It says EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding will be seeking clear commitments that EU citizens will be granted the same rights as U.S. residents when it comes to data protection.
At Tuesday's emergency debate at the European Parliament, the sweeping U.S. electronic surveillance programs targeting foreigners was widely criticized as unworthy for a close ally. Socialist leader Hannes Swoboda called them "violations of the spirit of all the agreements we have with the United States."
Swoboda added that "America ... is just doing what it wants."