Nikolaj Nielsen EUObserver
BRUSSELS - A junior EU official on Tuesday (11 June) broke Brussels' silence on US data snooping, urging Washington not to abuse its "special relationship" with Europe.
Tonio Borg - the Malteste commissioner in charge of health and consumer affairs - told the European Parliament in Strasbourg: "Programmes such as the so-called Prism and the laws on the basis of which such programmes are authorised potentially endanger the fundamental right to privacy and the data protection of EU citizens."
He added in off-the-cuff remarks that: "No one should use this special relationship not to obey the law. This is the fine balancing act."
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EU breaks silence on US snooping scandal