The European Commission has moved forward in its plans to negotiate a data-protection deal with the US that would safeguard EU citizens’ personal information when it is transferred to the US in the course of criminal or anti-terrorist investigations.
A level of protection has to be reached with the United States of America, since there can be no data sharing without full data protection. The proposed agreement would give Europeans the right to access their own personal data and to have it corrected or deleted if found to be inaccurate.
The agreement will cover the transfer of data such as passenger records, financial data and internet records, the Commission said. The EU has disagreed with the US over the basis for such transfers in the past, and the level of privacy safeguards that should be applied to the data involved.