The NSA controls the data coming in and out of America. Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the NSA has the power to scrutinize all data travelling to and fro and even has the power to surveillance the data within the country. This has been going on for quite awhile but right now, the European Union (EU) leaders are getting a little worried that the strategies and methods used by the NSA will in the long run, negatively hurt international trade for companies around the world especially those from America.
According to Reuters, European Commission’s justice department director Paul Nemitz said “The [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act], which empowers the NSA to basically grab everything which comes from outside the United States, is a real trade barrier to a European digital company to provide services to Americans inside America.”. He further commented that citizens in America may choose not to use Internet services provided by European companies. The public at large and other companies will be under the impression that the data is not protected as communications are not private as the data move into and out of America.
Nemitz wants the law to change and is working towards that goal. He wants NSA and other American authorities to limit their access to data that is beneficial to the country’s security. The NSA currently has a no holds bar on the data without any repercussions if its goes beyond snooping. If the law does change, it would affect the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the United States and the European Union. However, it would gain consumer trust in any firm that works internationally.