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MEPs veto US Access to Bank Data - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the European Parliament voted against the Swift agreement"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "allowing the United States to search European personal banking data"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the European Parliament defied intense pressure from Washington and ditched an extensive data-sharing programme"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "enabling the United States to track millions of European personal financial transactions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "an overwhelming majority of MEPs in Strasbourg voted to ban the Swift agreement"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which has been operating on a provisional basis"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "enabling the US to comb millions of personal banking transfers and transactions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the MEPs voted down the US-EU pact by almost 2-1 - 378 to 196 votes"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "mainly on grounds of privacy and civil liberties"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "senior MEPs argued that the interim deal with the US was inadequate and blamed politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for agreeing to a flawed arrangement"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if the US administration would propose to the US Congress something equivalent to this - to transfer in bulk bank data of American citizens to a foreign power"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we all know what the US Congress would say"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Washington had applied intense pressure on the parliament to agree to the pact"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the parliament veto applies to data from Swift - the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which is based outside Brussels and co-ordinates millions of financial transfers and transactions every day on behalf of thousands of banks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United States - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07BRUSSELS253

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  • "US treasury assistant James Freis, and Michael Jacobson"

 

 

 

 

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  • "met with the European Commission, the Council Secretariat and key member states in Brussels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "SWIFT [bank data transactions] raises a number of data protection issues"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "SWIFT violates the Belgian data protection directive"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because they did not notify the data protection authorities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that they were mirroring their European database to the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US is a country that has not been deemed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to have adequate data protection"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""informed consent" (as a way of complying with the EU data protection directive) would not work"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because there is no alternative to SWIFT to make payments"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US responded"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the SWIFT data is in the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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European Parliament - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09BRUSSELS1283

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  • "the spokesman for the Socialist and Democrat Group Claude Moraes"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "called SWIFT a testing ground for getting the balance right"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "between the EU's cooperation with the United States"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and protecting our fundamental rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if US legal standards continue to apply on EU soil for the processing of EU data"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how can we guarantee respect for EU standards ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "regarding procedural rights and the protection of personal data ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to which judge can an EU citizen or an EU enterprise go ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dutch MEP Sophia in't Veld: "the reason for the EU Council's failure to consult national parliaments about its negotiating mandate"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "was the wish by EU governments to gain access to data"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of EU citizens via the American government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht called upon the Swedish Presidency to halt the negotiations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "until it could guarantee respect of the rights of citizens and parliaments"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the cow-trading with bank data"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "without binding protection mechanisms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "equals the clearance sale of the data protection rights of European citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and makes all citizens suspects from the outset"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EU Parliament's Veto
- US cable - 2010:
LINK ¤ 10BRUSSELS120

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  • "the European Parliament is likely to veto"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "SWIFT [bank data transactions] next week"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "members of the European Parliament do not feel that they know enough"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to make a judgment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on whether the program justifies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "compromises of EU data protection standards"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Passenger Name Recognition
- US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06BERLIN3173

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  • "the US seeks a different kind of PNR agreement [passenger data sharing]"

 

 

 

 

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  • "based on general principles"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "not a list of detailed "dos and don'ts""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which envision the sharing of data"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and less on the data privacy rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brüssel verzichtet auf eigene Kontrolle von Bankdaten - Financial Times: LINK ¤ FINANCIAL TIMES

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  • "das umstrittene Swift-Abkommen wird doch nicht durch eine vorherige Analyse von Kontodaten in der EU abgefedert"

 

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  • "europäische Bankdaten werden auch künftig ungefiltert an die USA übermittelt"

 

 

 

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  • "das Europaparlament hatte den Vertrag 2010 vor allem aus Sorge um den Datenschutz zunächst platzen lassen"

 

 

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  • "erst nachdem eine Passage über die Einführung des europäischen Systems durchgesetzt worden war, stimmte eine Mehrheit der Parlamentarier zu"

 

 

 

 

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  • "das europäische Analysesystem sollte dafür sorgen, dass die Daten zunächst in Europa untersucht werden"

 

 

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  • "so sollten Daten gezielter"

 

 

 

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  • "und nicht mehr in so großem Umfang an die USA geliefert werden"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWIFT
- Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ SWIFT

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  • "the "society for worldwide interbank financial telecommunication" is a network to send and receive information about financial transactions - worldwide"

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