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BRUSSELS — European lawmakers called Wednesday for the suspension of an agreement that grants US authorities access to bank data for terror-related investigations, marking a sharp official rebuke of Washington’s surveillance programs.
The European Parliament’s resolution, adopted in a 280 to 254 vote with 30 abstentions, is not binding. The agreement could only be suspended by a two-thirds majority of the 28-nation bloc’s member states.
The resolution followed leaks by Edward Snowden alleging the US National Security Agency targeted the Belgium-based system overseeing international bank transfers, known as SWIFT.