the only thing about my job which literally enrages me is Europeans' smug ignorance of what their own governments' security services are doing with their and each others' data
e.g., italy does not require any legal process whatsoever to justify a wiretap, and as a result more italians are wiretapped than any country free enough that the numbers can be estimated
the UK more or less pervasively surveils its population, and what's more, if you look at the Snowden slides stolen from the training server, a significant proportion of the materials are joint NSA/GCHQ, not just NSA
it is also quite likely that for EO 12333 reasons, the MUSCULAR --> PRISM ingestion pipe was actually formally operated by GCHQ, not NSA
france is fun because alongside its role as a major US intelligence partner (which had express knowledge of NSA data-gathering, including I'm Europe), DGSE is also among the US' top five intelligence adversaries

(so is Mossad)
anyway, i would be more than happy to pick fights with intelligence agencies on behalf of Europe's privacy regulators, except that the public stance of Europe's DPAs contradicts in every meaningful sense the private pressure exerted by European intelligence agencies
and European citizens? they do not know, do not believe, or do not care. there is essentially zero civil society objection to the ever-growing European security state except insofar as its existence can be attributed to foreign influence.

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