NSA Spying: A Threat to US Interests?

NSA Spying: A Threat to US Interests? YaleGlobal. Bruce Stokes. December 5, 2013.

Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency has collected internet and telephone data in Europe could influence negotiations for a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Partnership and require new understanding on rules for the digital economy. Bruce Stokes reports on recent surveys: A majority of Americans suggest that it’s unacceptable for the United States to monitor phone calls of the leaders of allied nations; also, majorities in Germany, France, Sweden, the United States, though not in Britain, suggest that a nation’s surveillance of its own citizens’ telephone or internet data for security purposes is not justified. Majorities in Germany, French, and Sweden also do not find spying on citizens in other nations as justifiable. Favorable ratings of the United States are on the decline. Europeans now closely eye data collections by businesses and may consider regulations on cross-border transfers, while US companies point to potential economic benefits in detecting big-data secrets. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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