European Parliament Moves To Block Data Sharing With U.S. Over Alleged Snooping

The European Parliament on Thursday resolved to block two agreements that would give the U.S. access to European financial and travel data unless the Obama administration reveals the extent of its surveillance operations in Europe, Reuters reported.

The parliament passed a non-binding resolution that said Washington should address reports it monitored European Union members’ email and communications data if it wants to preserve the information-sharing deals, according to Reuters. One agreement would provide the U.S. Treasury with European data on international financial transfers, while the other would pass on passenger data from booking plane tickets and checking in on flights to the Department of Homeland Security. 

The parliament cannot scrap the agreements altogether without backing from E.U. governments and the executive Commission, however, according to Reuters.

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