US, Europe reach deal on data-sharing

September 07, 2015 08:44
After four years of negotiations, the US and EU have reached a deal on protection of personal data shared for law enforcement purposes. Photo: Reuters

The European Union and the United States have reached an agreement over protection of personal data shared for law enforcement purposes such as terrorism investigations, Reuters reported.

The two sides have finalized the text of the agreement that would protect personal data exchanged between police and judicial authorities in the course of investigations, as well as between companies and law enforcement authorities, the report said.

A source was quoted as saying that the deal will be inked by chief negotiators in Luxembourg on Monday or Tuesday. 

Discussions over the issue began four years ago. 

Previously, talks were hampered by the lack of a right for non-resident EU citizens in the United States to go to US courts if they believe their data has been misused or unlawfully disclosed, the report noted.

US citizens enjoy such rights within the EU.

The European Commission has said the agreement cannot be signed and formally concluded until the "right to judicial redress" for EU citizens is enshrined in US law.

In March, a US lawmaker introduced the Judicial Redress Act, aimed at giving citizens of US allies the right to sue over data privacy in the United States.

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