It appears that the content of the calls was not monitored but the serial and phone numbers of the handsets used, the locations, Sim cards and the duration of the calls were. Emails and other social media were also monitored. The news comes as a parliamentary delegation from the EU prepares to visit Washington to discuss the scale of US spying on its allies. The EU’s civil liberties committee will meet members of Congress to express their concerns over the impact on EU citizens’ fundamental right to privacy. Last week Spain rejected a move by Germany, which wants the EU’s 28 member states to sign a “no-spy deal” wanted by Berlin and Paris. “We’ll see once we have more information if we decide to join with what France and Germany have done,” Rajoy said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday. “But these aren’t decisions which correspond to the European Union. They are questions related to national security and are the exclusive responsibility of member states.
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