The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a new data privacy bill that “would give some Europeans the right to sue in the United States over allegations of electronic data privacy violations,” reports Reuters.
But the proposal is causing concern in the European Union, where negotiators are attempting to hammer out a “Safe Harbor” agreement to protect free data transfers between the two continents, such as web searches and social media updates.
“Complicating this gesture were two amendments, pushed by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas and adopted unanimously. One would limit the ability to sue in U.S. courts to citizens of countries already in an international data deal with the United States, such as Safe Harbor. Another would require the U.S. attorney general to certify that participating countries do not have policies impeding U.S. national security.”
The EU has given negotiators until the end of January to agree on a Safe Harbor deal.
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