Question to EU-Commissioner MalmstrĂ¶m on WikiLeaks and SWIFT
As an EU citizen, I have been kind of wary of the âSWIFT agreementâ between the USA and the EU (part of the USAâs Terrorist Finance Tracking Program [TFTP] â there was a familiar reaction to its revelation back in 2006, btw), mostly because of serious concerns about constitutionality, privacy and sovereignty issues in regards to lack of judicial oversight from the EU over the processes with which the US requests for transmission of financial data of EU citizens are being handled by Europol.
In the wake of recent events, Christian EngstrĂ¶m, Member of European Parliament for the Pirate Party of Sweden raises a rather obvious question to European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia MalmstrĂ¶m:
What provisions are there in the recently concluded TFTP agreement to ensure that the US government will not use Swift data to track Europeans who donate money to Wikileaks, and how can the Commission guarantee the enforcement of these provisions?
MalmstrĂ¶m is obligated to answer in writing. This should be interesting. Itâs fun to have a Pirate Party MEP, sometimes.
edit note: Umlauts have it tough, hereâŠ