On 28 September, the Belgian Data Privacy Commission presented its report on the transfer of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) financial transaction records to the CIA for counter-terrorism investigations. The Commission concluded that the transfers by SWIFT violated Belgian and EU law on privacy and data protection. An EU body, known as the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, which consists of data protection officers from 25 countries, is expected to conclude its own inquiry in November 2006.


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