European Data Protection Digest

Commission Adopts Draft Data Transfer Mandate

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

May 28, 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. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said she expects "one to two years will be necessary" to complete such a deal.  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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