European Parliament welcomes EU-US deal on law enforcement data transfers

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament has welcomed EU-US deal on law enforcement data transfers.

The EU-US data protection framework, called the Umbrella Agreement, will ensure that high, binding data protection standards are being applied for data exchanged by police and law enforcement authorities across the Atlantic.

The high, binding standards and strong individual rights will also apply to all personal data, such as names, addresses or criminal records, exchanged between the EU and US for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, including terrorism.

European Parliament member Jan Philipp Albrecht said: “The agreement represents the start of a new way to negotiate high transatlantic standards on fundamental rights instead of the incomplete, fragmented and very low ones seen so far.

“It was crucial for Parliament’s approval to have a binding clarification that the Umbrella Agreement is not a legal basis for new data transfers, and that data protection authorities can always check compliance.”

Additionally, the deal ensures that citizens on both sides of the Atlantic will have the right to be informed in the event of data security breaches, have inaccurate information corrected and seek judicial redress at court.

Albrecht's recommendation of the agreement, signed in June this year, was approved by 41 votes to four, with six abstentions.