A spokesman for the information commissioner told the Guardian that the privacy issue was being taken "extremely seriously". If the CIA had accessed financial data belonging to European individuals then this was "likely to be a breach of EU data protection legislation", he said, adding that UK data protection laws may also have been breached if British banking transactions had been handed over. The commissioner is requesting more information from Swift and the Belgium authorities before deciding how to proceed.
Monday, August 21, 2006
CIA's secret UK bank trawl may be illegal
The investigations into SWIFT's transfer of personal financial information to the US government triggered by complaints from Privacy International is moving forward slowly but surely: