Bloomberg the Company

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Follow Us

Industry Products

EU Says U.S. Gives Assurances on Prism Surveillance Program

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder provided “assurances” about the Prism surveillance program amid concerns over its impact on EU citizens.

The EU’s questions about the once-secret program “have been answered very clearly by Eric Holder,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told reporters today in Dublin after a meeting with the U.S. official.

Reding had voiced “serious concerns” that the U.S. was accessing and processing data of EU citizens using American online service providers under the Prism program, according to a June 10 letter to Holder obtained by Bloomberg News.

Holder explained that under the Prism program, “there has to be a court order, that it can only be done when there is a serious presumption of crime and that it is not an invasive overall spying on every citizen’s communication,” Reding said. She said the two sides agreed to set up an EU-U.S. panel of experts “in order to clarify together the remaining matters” regarding the Prism program.

Reding said she also received “answers and assurances” on a separate U.S. surveillance program to collect phone records of Verizon Communications Inc. customers. The Verizon program is “directed mainly toward U.S. citizens. It is about metadata, not about content,” she said.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jones Hayden at jhayden1@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.