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Commission Adopts Draft Mandate on EU-U.S. Data Transfers

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

May 26, 2010

The European Commission has adopted a draft mandate to negotiate a personal data protection agreement between the EU and U.S. for information shared during criminal investigations or anti-terrorism efforts, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reports. The goal is to ensure protection of personal information such as passenger data or financial records transferred during instances of transatlantic cooperation in criminal matters, the report states. According to a statement from the commission, "The agreement would enhance the right of citizens to access, rectify or delete data, where appropriate. EU citizens would receive a right to seek judicial redress in the U.S. if their data is unlawfully processed."
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