MEPS called for the suspension of EUs bank data agreement with the US and the ‘Safe Harbour agreement’ on data privacy.
The European Union’s consent for the trade pact with the US ‘could be suspended if NSA’s mass surveillance on EU citizens continues, MEPs warned.
In a resolution, concluding a six-month investigation into US mass surveillance schemes, MEPs have also called for the suspension of EUs bank data agreement with the US and the ‘Safe Harbour agreement’ on data privacy.
The resolution, supported by 544 votes to 78 with 60 abstentions, also sets out findings and proposals to boost EU citizens’ privacy.
Civil Liberties inquiry rapporteur Claude Moraes said that the Snowden revelations gave a chance to react.
"I hope we will turn those reactions into something positive and lasting into the next mandate of this Parliament, a data protection bill of rights that we can all be proud of", Moraes said.
"This is the only international inquiry into mass surveillance. (…) Even Congress in the United States has not had an inquiry."
Claiming the Safe Harbour privacy principles do not provide required shield for EU citizens, MEPs urged the US to suggest new personal data transfer rules that comply with requirements of EU data protection.
The non-binding resolution also stresses the Parliament to reject its approval to the final Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pact with the US unless it starts considering the fundamental human rights of EU citizens.
MEP’s also insisted grounding the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) pact until claims that US has access to EU citizens’ bank data outside the deal are made clear.
The resolution also requires a ‘European whistle-blower protection programme’, mainly targeted at considering the ‘complexity of whistleblowing in the field of intelligence’.
In addition to considering granting whistleblowers international security from prosecution, EU has also been asked to develop its own clouds and IT solutions, such as cybersecurity and encryption technologies, to boost data protection capabilities.
Lastly, the resolution also sought the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Poland to clarify the claims of mass surveillance.