WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is facing fresh anger abroad over U.S. spy programs that track phone and Internet messages around the world.
One of the National Security Agency programs gathers hundreds of millions of U.S. phone records to search for possible links to known terrorist targets. The other allows the government to tap into nine U.S. Internet companies and gather all communications to detect suspicious behavior that begins overseas.
Officials in Germany and the European Union have issued complaints over the programs. And Britain's foreign secretary felt it necessary to try to assure Parliament that the spy programs do not encroach on U.K. privacy laws.
On Tuesday, the European Parliament will debate whether the programs have violated local privacy protections. E.U. officials have pledged to seek answers from U.S. diplomats at a trans-Atlantic ministerial meeting in Dublin that begins Thursday.
But a senior intelligence official said there are no plans to end the secretive surveillance systems.
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