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MEP Seeks Patriot Act Clarity

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

September 1, 2011

ZDNet reports on Dutch MEP and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee Vice Chair Sophie in 't Veld's "mission to clarify the reach of the Patriot Act in Europe and to amend laws to prevent its reach." Based on reports in June that EU datacenters holding data provided by U.S.-based cloud providers "cannot guarantee that data will not be handed over to U.S. authorities for interception or intelligence gathering," in 't Veld and four other MEPs are asking European Commissioner Viviane Reding to clarify the Patriot Act's reach and "remedy this situation" to ensure that "third-country legislation does not take precedence over EU legislation," the report states. 
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