Public outrage continues over the revelation the N.S.A. has been surveilling internet data of companies like Google, Microsoft and Skype. But that outrage is not limited to U.S. borders.
There are now concerns that the N.S.A. PRISM program could complicate talks for a free trade agreement between the E.U. and U.S. that were expected to begin next month. U.S. companies have been pushing for fewer restrictions on cross-border data flows, which are highly regulated in Europe.
The news of the PRISM program has, for some European lawmakers, transformed troubling demands from American businesses for less restrictive data requirements into unacceptable data hoarding by the U.S. government. Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, explains why.