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EU and US Reach Agreement on Data Protection for Investigations

US officials have concluded an agreement with their European counterparts on data protection for transatlantic criminal investigations. The EU Justice Commissioner stated "Once in force, this agreement will guarantee a high level of protection of all personal data when transferred between law enforcement authorities across the Atlantic." The US Congress must next pass the Judicial Redress Act for the "Umbrella Agreement" to take effect. EPIC has previously urged US ratification of Council of Europe Convention 108, "the most widely known international framework for privacy protection."

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