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US to seek data protection for EU citizens

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 11:31 am •  Published: June 25, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Obama administration will seek to introduce legislation that grants Europeans the same privacy protection rights as U.S. citizens when their data is being transferred to the U.S. for law enforcement purposes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

The U.S. and EU have been negotiating since March 2011 on the protection of personal data in such cases, which include transferring data of European citizens to the U.S. for crime prevention, prosecution, investigation and combating terrorism. The EU argues that its citizens who do not live in the U.S. should have the same rights as US citizens living in the EU.

"The Obama administration is committed to seeking legislation that would ensure that ... EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress for intentional or willful disclosures of protected information, and for refusal to grant access or to rectify any errors in that information, as would a U.S. citizen under the Privacy Act," Holder said.

He was speaking Wednesday after an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs ministerial meeting in Athens. Greece currently holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency.

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