European Data Protection Regulators Release Joint Statement on European Values
"The Article 29 Working Party released a short joint statement containing a series of declarations on: (i) ""European values"", (ii) ""surveillance for security purposes"", and (iii) the ""European influence."" The joint statement emphasizes the balance to be struck between protecting data protection rights and allowing national intelligence agencies to perform their duties, and the fundamental importance of European data protection rights more generally. These affirmations are particularly significant in the context of both the Snowden revelations and the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The Working Party provides a dedicated web page for the submission of comments on the joint statement from all interested stakeholders, which it will take into account in its activities during 2015."