EU, US to start talks on protecting personal data

European Union and United States officials have kicked off talks in
Washington on 9 December on a personal data protection agreement when
cooperating to fight terrorism or crime. EU Justice Ministers approved
the start of the negotiations on 3 December (see IP/10/1661).
By reconciling security and citizens’ rights, the agreement should
enhance the long-term sustainability of the EU-US cooperation in
fighting terrorism. The aim is to ensure a high level of protection of
personal data such as passenger data or financial information that is
transferred as part of transatlantic cooperation in criminal matters.
Once in place, the agreement would enhance EU and US citizens’ right to
access, rectify or delete data when it is processed with the aim to
prevent, investigate, detect or prosecute criminal offences, including
terrorism. For the EU, effective judicial review and a more
proportionate use of data by public authorities are key objectives of
the agreement.

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