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Parliament Discusses Data Transfers, Online Privacy

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

September 8, 2011

ZDNet reports on the European Parliament Privacy Platform's meeting Wednesday on "a wide range of transatlantic data protection matters, which have yet to be resolved." The meeting included officials from high-profile online companies as well as privacy advocates in discussions about ongoing EU-U.S. data transfer negotiations. Following up on a recent request from MEPs regarding the U.S. Patriot Act's reach in the EU, Francoise Le Bail of the European Commission said the "key thing" is that the U.S. cannot impose its laws on data held in the EU and "normal channels through the relevant authorities" must be followed.
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