October 11, 2006

SWIFT found in breach of Belgian laws

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) A report issued by the Belgian Government on the very discussed SWIFT case of transfer of financial transaction data to the U.S. Government, concluded that SWIFT breached the Belgian law. The Belgian Commission responsible with the first report on the case stated: “The Commission is of the […]

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August 30, 2006

European bodies discuss the SWIFT case

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) SWIFT has recently confirmed that it had succeeded in putting some restrictions to the US Treasury’s programme of transferring transactional data from them. However, the activities of the company since 2001 are still under investigation by several European bodies. The US Treasury’s programme has been operating, without […]

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February 10, 2010

European Parliament needs to reject the SWIFT deal

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Europa-Parlament muss SWIFT ablehnen | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1697] After the Civil Liberties committee in the European Parliament (EP) rejected on 5 February 2010 the interim nine-month SWIFT deal between the EU and US, now it will be up to the plenary of the EP to confirm the decision on 11 […]

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February 14, 2007

European Central Bank found accountable in the SWIFT case

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 1 February, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) gave his opinion on the role of the European Central Bank (ECB) in the SWIFT case, considering the bank as accountable along with SWIFT for failing compliance with the European privacy laws in the secret US […]

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December 6, 2006

Article 29 Working Party expressed its opinion in the SWIFT case

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 21-22 November 2006, an opinion was adopted by the Privacy Commissioners represented by Article 29 Working Group ruling against the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) for having transferred transaction details to the US. The Privacy Commissioners wanted to point out again that fighting terrorism […]

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September 9, 2009

A new SWIFT agreement under negotiation between EU and USA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Verhandlungen über ein neues SWIFT-Abkommen zwischen EU und USA | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1511] On 1 September 2009, the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) held a hearing on the renewal of the agreement which is now under negotiations between the EU and the USA on data transfers via […]

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September 12, 2007

US moves for "state secrets" privilege in the SWIFT case

The US Government has announced its intention to use the so called “state secrets” privilege legal tool in order to stop the lawsuit against SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) that has secretly disclosed millions of private financial records to CIA. According to the Justice Department’ s statement during the recent court filings, the […]

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August 25, 2010

EU interim technical supervisor for EU-US Swift Agreement

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Einstweilige technische Aufsicht für EU-US SWIFT Abkommen | http://www.unwatched.org/node/2129] As on 1 August 2010 the so-called Swift agreement allowing EU citizens’ bank data to be transferred to US is to come into force, the European Commission will appoint an interim “technical” supervisor to oversee the searches of US […]

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March 9, 2011

SWIFT agreement implementation not respecting data protection safeguards

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Umsetzung des SWIFT-Abkommens missachtet den Datenschutz | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.5_Implentierung_des_SWIFT-Abkommens] The “top secret” status of the implementation of the SWIFT/TFTP Agreement has irked MEPs such as Dutch member Sophie In’t Veld, who has warned the Commission and Member States that they may block other transatlantic data deals in the future. […]

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July 14, 2010

SWIFT agreement adopted by the European Parliament

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Europäisches Parlament stimmt SWIFT-Abkommen zu | http://www.unwatched.org/node/2059] The European Parliament has adopted the so-called SWIFT agreement on 8 July 2010 allowing sharing EU citizens’ bank data with the US authorities, but failing to stick to its initial position on privacy safeguards from February 2010. The text was adopted […]

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July 5, 2006 · Blogs

Terrorist Finance Tracking Program raises privacy questions

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 22-23 June 2006, the New York Times published a story uncovering an international financial surveillance programme, called Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, run by the US authorities. After the 11 September 2001 attacks, the US Treasury Department and/or CIA starting getting access to international transfer data, available […]

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April 20, 2011

Implementation of the SWIFT agreement under review

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Umsetzung des SWIFT-Abkommens auf dem Prüfstand | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.8_Implementierung_des_SWIFT-Abkommens_wird_geprueft] A review prepared by the EU delegation of the joint review team on the implementation of the SWIFT (TFTP) agreement concluded that “all of the relevant elements of the Agreement have been implemented in accordance with its provisions, including the […]

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