EU close to deal with US on police access to data

23/01/2024 | Politico

European law enforcement agencies may soon have increased access to data from US-based technology companies following a potential transatlantic agreement. According to Politico, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders is confident that a deal between Brussels and Washington could be reached by the end of the year. Reynders plans to meet with US Attorney General Merrick Garland in March to resolve any remaining concerns, with the aim of finalising the agreement before the November elections in the United States.

In related news, Bloomberg (£) reports US President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order aimed at preventing foreign adversaries from accessing sensitive personal data of US citizens and government officials. A document obtained by Bloomberg reveals that the order will direct the US attorney general and the Department of Homeland Security to impose restrictions on data transfers that could potentially pose a threat to national security.

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