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Groups Concerned About Data Sharing

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

May 19, 2011

Privacy groups are concerned about data sharing talks between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the European Commission, The Hill reports. In a letter to President Barack Obama and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the 11 groups said, "We fear that the United States may be pushing the Europeans to weaken their comparatively strong protections of privacy and other fundamental rights, rather than agreeing to strengthen U.S. protections and respect such principles." The groups, which are also calling for a hearing on the topic, include the American Civil Liberties Union and the Consumer Federation of America. This week, a DHS spokesman said the belief that the "U.S. doesn't care about privacy" is a misconception.
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