5. July is echelon day

Bundestag committee AB Hausung to Echelon AB, European Parliament decides on the Committee on Research

The Committee for European Affairs In the Bundestag, the British journalist Duncan Campbell and the Brandenburg state data protection Alexander Dix invited to a non-public session.

Campbell is talking about the history of the Stoa report on Echelon, its content and his treatment in the European Parliament. The discharge and dimensions as well as potential possibilities of the Abhere System and its legal bases will also be the subject of his speech. Campbell will also speak about the dangers arising from the Echelon system for Europe and German interests.

On the same day, the European Parliament will also decide Echelon’s appointment of the Investigation Committee. Grununen now expires that the majority of parliament refuses to apply. However, you expect good opportunities for the proposal to set up a non-resistant committee on Echelon. However, this has no right to investigate itself, but may only give recommendations.

With its application for the establishment of a non-resistant committee of inquiry, the grunes focus above all on the Privacy Policy 97/66 / EC on the processing of personal data and the protection of private life in the field of telecommunications.

It is called that "Service providers take suitable measures to take the safety of their services to resources". It has to be "the national law for legal remedies for the case that the rights of users and participants are not respected. Against every person, whether they are now a private or public law, which is crowded according to this Directive, sanctions must be detected." Clearly it is called:

"Member States shall ensure the confidentiality of communication with public telecommunications networks and publicly accessible telecommunications services through national regulations. In particular, they prohibit the merghorns, suspend and stores, as well as other types of intercepting or monitoring communication by other persons than the user if there is no consent of the affected users."

Grununen are segregation that the Community institutions and organs of their duty "to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their services" have failed to come. In addition, the existence of a spy system to use a member country and the damage of others against Community law. Finally, the industrial espionage with the help of the Echelon system is a disadvantage of companies in the mainland, which should have lost importance to Angelsian companies, a distortion of competition in the internal market.

The managery order for setting up a committee of inquiry only speaks of "claimed violation against Community law". This will not necessarily have to be proven. Grunen also point out in their application that the principle of relief, which was developed in the case-law of the European Court of Justice for Human Rights, infringed at least due to imbalance between the agents used by Echelon and the pursued goals.

After all, the former Commissioner Martin Bangemann had before Parliament on 14. September 1998 explains:

"Because if the system is the basis, this is, of course, a flagrant injury of rights, individual rights of the burger and self-resistant also an attack on the safety of member standards. That’s perfectly clear. At the moment, in which something is officially confirmed, the Council and, of course, the Commission and Parliament responded to it."

A quasi official confirmation already took place: The NSA had released the publication strictly secret documents.