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“Umbrella agreement”, a new US-EU data protection framework, gets a go-ahead from EU parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee

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“Umbrella agreement”, a new US-EU data protection framework, gets a go-ahead from EU parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee

According to Business Insider, the deal aims to “safeguard personal data such as names, addresses and criminal records exchanged between police and judicial authorities, and between companies and law enforcement authorities in criminal investigations.”

The agreement ensures that both EU and US citizens have the right to be informed of data breaches, have inaccurate information corrected and seek judicial redress at court, the European Parliament reports.

Although the Article 29 working party was generally positive about the data protection framework, as Lexology reported, it added that some further clarifications may be needed “to ensure that the level of protection of personal data afforded by the Umbrella Agreement is fully consistent with EU law”.

Access Now goes further, saying that the final text came under heavy fire from privacy experts for failing to comply with EU law, and calling the agreement “flawed”. 

The agreement is scheduled for a penary vote on 1 December at the European Parliament.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-11-25 14:29

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