European Parliament: NSA inquiry hearing on EU IT security, secret services in Belgium and Denmark

The need to step up the security of EU information technology (IT) systems and parliamentary oversight of intelligence services in Belgium and Denmark were debated at the tenth Civil Liberties Committee inquiry hearing, last week, on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens.

IT experts advised MEPs on possible technical measures to step up IT security in the EU institutions in order to prevent and remedy unauthorised access and the disclosure or loss of information and personal data.

MEPs also continued exploring various national arrangements for parliamentary oversight of national intelligence activities with representatives of member states’ national parliaments. This time Belgium and Denmark were in the spotlight.

The situation in Belgium was discussed with Vice-Chair of the Belgian Senate and member of the Intelligence Services Oversight Monitoring Committee, Armand De Decker, and Intelligence Services Oversight Committee Chair Guy Rapaille. On Denmark, MEPs heard Karsten Lauritzen a member of the Legal Affairs Committee and spokesperson for Legal Affairs, of the Danish parliament (Folketing).

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