As the US Ambassador left the French Foreign Ministry on Monday the diplomatic fallout over fresh NSA spying allegations continued in Paris.
The US sought to smooth over relations via a phone call between the two presidents. Obama explained that the US was reviewing how it gathers intelligence. Hollande said that spying was unacceptable between friends and allies.
The French affair is the latest in a string of revelations over NSA spying on American allies including Mexico, Brazil, Germany and the EU. Internet privacy watchdogs warn that this may not be the end of the story.
Jillina C. York from the Electronic Frontier Foundation said:
“I think we can assume that this is still ongoing. There have been recent moves by the administration to increase oversight over the NSA’s actions. However, at this point I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the mass surveillance of citizens of other countries remains ongoing.”
French newspaper Le Monde revealed that more than 70 million items of telephone data were recorded over two months by the US security agency.
Hollande is expected to address the issue of protecting citizens’ private data at an EU summit later this week.