Google is urging the US government to allow the principles of the US Privacy Act to apply to European citizens. This would enable them to challenge the government over unfettered data collection and monitoring.
Google said that the Snowden revelations of last summer identified a serious need for reform regarding the surveillance of citizens. The company is frustrated that little has changed so far.
US and European Commission officials are due to meet in Washington DC on Thursday, and Google legal chief David Drummond has urged those present to consider extending more legal protection to European citizens under US law.
"Right now, European citizens do not have the right to challenge misuse of their data by the US government in US courts - even though American citizens already enjoy this right in most European countries," he said.
"It’s why Google supports legislation to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens. The Obama administration has already pledged its support for this change and we look forward to working with Congress to try and make this happen."
Drummond added that, while data monitoring clearly has a role to play in the modern world, it must be done proportionately.
"We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. The emergence of ISIS and other new threats have reminded us all of the dangers we face," he wrote.
"But the balance in the US and many other countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual - rights that are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
The pressure comes amid intense lobbying by Google in Europe regarding the Right to be Forgotten legislation that forces the company to remove entries for specific search terms when requested.
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