NSA : "More must be done to clarify the practices of U.S. secret services"- Najat Vallaud-Belkacem - October 30, 2013
"More must be done to clarify the practices of U.S. secret services" - Excerpt from a press briefing by Government spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem - October 30, 2013
Q: The head of the NSA said that the data collection wasn’t carried out by the U.S. but by its NATO partners. What can you tell us about that? Is it true?
"I saw the NSA director’s remarks. As the President reiterated this morning, more must be done to clarify the practices of U.S. secret services.
That’s why, at last week’s European Council, he stressed the importance of undertaking this initiative with Germany in particular—an initiative that was launched as a result of the gravity of the actions, which appear to have been thoroughly substantiated.
From this standpoint, the NSA director’s denials do not seem very plausible. So what was decided, with respect to the French-German initiative, was that the appropriate services on our side would work with U.S services to institute a code of good conduct.
I think we must establish clarity and shed light on past practices, but also ensure that in the future, things will unfold as they should, with the understanding, as the President noted this morning, that there’s obviously a security challenge—the secret services are there to fight terrorism—but at the same time, we can’t allow our partnerships to be undermined by doubt.
In fact, this doesn’t concern only political structures but also the economic sector and the industrial sector. Also at stake is the protection of citizens’ personal data, which is very important. That’s why, at the last European Council, France stressed that European regulations addressing personal data protection must be adopted by early 2015, and that should be the case.