EU Inquiry into Electronic Mass Surveillance draws its conclusions

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For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.

The hearings

Over the course of fifteen hearings, a range of witnesses gave testimony to the inquiry – among them journalists, whistleblowers, lawyers, officials and technical experts. A statement from Edward Snowden was delivered to the Inquiry on 30 September.

The focus of several hearings was prompted directly by particular revelations as they appeared in the press (for example GCHQ’s attacks on European telecoms company Belgacom) and as such the proceedings often provide valuable additional insight to the published material.

A summary of subjects covered in each of the hearings follows below. Further detailed information on these hearings has been made available by the European Parliament.

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