Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 3:04 PM

Rebuilding Trust with the Europeans After Snowden: Obama Signs New Privacy Law

The U.S. and E.U. are one step closer to entering into a new data transfer agreement. On Wednesday President Barack Obama signed into legislation the Judicial Redress Act, giving citizens of certain allied countries, including E.U. countries, recourse in U.S. courts to protect their personal data.

The Act allows foreign citizens to take legal action against some U.S. government agencies if the agency misuses their personal information. The Act would give European citizens procedural privacy protections similar to those available to U.S. citizens under the Privacy Act of 1974 for personal information transferred to the U.S. through international law enforcement channels.

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