The European Parliament (EP) today in Brussels approved an agreement between the EU and the US on the protection of personal data in the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offenses, including terrorism.

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The aim of the Framework Agreement is to ensure a high level of data protection and to strengthen police and judicial cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic, in particular by enabling European citizens to have the same rights as their North American counterparts Appeal to the courts of the United States of America.

The agreement strengthens and harmonizes the rights of data subjects and applies to transfers of personal data between EU and US law enforcement authorities for the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of crimes, including terrorism.

The EP legislative resolution was adopted by 481 votes to 75, with 88 abstentions. And it was already welcomed by the European Commission, which negotiated the terms of the agreement.

One of the main novelties of the agreement is that it allows European citizens to appeal to the US courts in case of refusal of access, refusal to rectify the data or illegal disclosure of data by US authorities.



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