European Data Protection Digest

Envoy: Agreement Moving Ahead

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

December 23, 2010

U.S. Ambassador William Kennard disagrees with European Commissioner Viviane Reding's comments that the U.S. is not committed to a data protection agreement, European Voice reports. The EU and the U.S. agreed earlier this year to negotiate a framework regulating the exchange of personal data. Following a meeting in Washington, DC, earlier this month, Reding said the U.S. "did not seem ready to advance on data protection," stating she expects to know who the U.S. chief negotiator will be before the end of the month to "seriously start the talks." Kennard said the U.S. needs to better understand what EU negotiators want in the agreement to decide who should represent the U.S.
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