1. The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and
Media considers the report on mass surveillance by the Committee
on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (Doc. 13734) as being very timely. This report was originally triggered
by the massive disclosure of secret data by Edward Snowden, stemming
from national security operations of the United States, Great Britain,
Australia and other countries, as well as criminal charges opened against
him on 14 June 2013 by a federal prosecutor in the United States
and his subsequent change of residence to the Russian Federation
since July 2013. However, the political importance of this subject
has grown beyond the person and acts of Edward Snowden.
2. Welcoming the general findings of this report on mass surveillance,
the committee proposes to further clarify and define the draft resolution
contained in that report through a number of amendments.