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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2014
Question for written answer E-004020-14
to the Commission
Rule 117
Adam Bielan (ECR)

 Subject:  Snooping by French security services on Orange customers
 Answer in writing 

According to reports in the daily Le Monde, French security services are illegally monitoring phone conversations and other digital services of the telecommunications company Orange. The practice also affects customers of the company’s subsidiaries abroad, including in Poland. It is alleged that the data collected are also sent to other countries. ‘Orange Polska’ has some 15 million subscribers, and there is thus a danger of almost total infiltration of Polish society by foreign security services. Stephane Richard, Chair and CEO of Orange, does not deny the reports.

1. Can the Commission confirm the allegations made by Le Monde concerning snooping on customers in Member States, and state whether this practice is compatible with EC law?

2. Has any action been taken where these kinds of infringements of EU rules have been identified? If so, what has been done?

3. The governments of a number of Member States have recently expressed their disapproval at revelations of snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA). Is the Commission planning to take a stance against actions of this kind undertaken by security services in the Member States?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 367, 16/10/2014
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