PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee has said that the mass surveillance practices disclosed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden “endanger fundamental human rights” and divert resources that might prevent terrorist attacks.
Approving a draft resolution based on a report by Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the committee said: “Mass surveillance does not appear to have contributed to the prevention of terrorist attacks, contrary to earlier assertions made by senior intelligence officials. Instead, resources that might prevent attacks are diverted to mass surveillance, leaving potentially dangerous persons free to act.”
It also called for:
The report is due to be debated by the full plenary Assembly in April.