European and US authorities are working together on a law enforcement information and investigation deal that would do away with PRISM controversies with an official arrangement, according to reports.
The relationship between the European and US governments has suffered over PRISM and its associated surveillance, and local ministers have raised objections. Reuters reports that an official accord is close to being met that would allow the sharing of information.
The news agency said that discussions are advanced and could be coming to a conclusion, but that there are concerns about Europe's right to redress.
Reuters said that a final decision hangs on the European demand that EU citizens who live outside the US should be afforded the same rights as those within the US. "The finishing line is in sight," said one of the Reuters sources.
A formal undertaking will be announced at a meeting in early June, but the Reuters sources said that all disagreements would have to be resolved for this to happen.
There have been tensions between European states and the US in the matter of surveillance. German chancellor Angela Merkel was angered about US snooping, and UK prime minister David Cameron has engaged in talks with President Obama about the topic, as well as encryption and cyber war games.
Obama appealed to Germany in February for understanding and patience and spoke of the countries' shared values.
"There's no doubt that the Snowden revelations damaged the impressions of Germans with respect to the US government and our intelligence cooperation," he said.
"What I would ask would be that the German people recognise that the US has always been at the forefront of trying to promote civil liberties, and that we have traditions of due process that we respect.
"And so occasionally I would like the German people to give us the benefit of the doubt, given our history, as opposed to assuming the worst. Assuming that we have been consistently your strong partners and that we share a common set of values."
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