US delays European data privacy billdelays European data privacy bill

21 January 2016
820 Views

US lawmakers are delaying legislation that would give Europeans access to US privacy rights, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

The same sources said that the delay could complicate negotiations for a broader trans-Atlantic data transfer that has a deadline in January.

The Judicial Redress Act, which would allow citizens of European allied countries to sue over data privacy in the United States, is “likely to be held” from a scheduled vote on Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, a panel aide said.

Passage of the legislation is viewed as an important step toward securing a new “Safe Harbor” framework after the previous one was struck down by a top European Union court last year amid concerns about US surveillance.

More than 4,000 firms, including tech behemoths such as Google and IBM, have been relying on the 15-year-old Safe Harbor framework to freely transfer data between the United States and Europe, which has far stricter rules on the privacy of personal information.

But that deal was ruled invalid last October by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which cited revelations about US mass surveillance by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

European Union data protection authorities have given Brussels and Washington until the end of January to strike a new Safe Harbor agreement for transferring personal data.

You may be interested

The Crusader castle of Chlemoutsi in the Peloponnese
GREECE
shares17 views
GREECE
shares17 views

The Crusader castle of Chlemoutsi in the Peloponnese

Panos - Jan 19, 2021

Imposing, and rich in history, Greece hosts countless medieval castles and fortresses. Each one has a different story to tell…Some…

Independent Panel says WHO and China failed to act fast in Covid-19 response
GREECE
shares30 views
GREECE
shares30 views

Independent Panel says WHO and China failed to act fast in Covid-19 response

Panos - Jan 19, 2021

The World Health Organization and Beijing could have acted faster when Covid-19 first surfaced in China, a group investigating the…

Cavusoglu openly threatens Greece with war in front of German Foreign Minister
GREECE
shares24 views
GREECE
shares24 views

Cavusoglu openly threatens Greece with war in front of German Foreign Minister

Panos - Jan 19, 2021

Greece and Turkey might have agreed to sit at the table for exploratory talks at the end of January, but…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.