Europe’s Privacy Watchdogs Call for Changes to U.S. Data-Transfer Deal

Only two months after the European Union’s top policy makers agreed to a hard-won data-sharing pact with United States officials, the bloc’s national privacy regulators said on Wednesday that the deal did not go far enough to safeguard the personal information of Internet users in Europe.The agreement, the so-called E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield, which would allow companies to continue sending personal data back and forth across the Atlantic, is still widely expected to be ratified by early summer. But by sounding the alarm over the current deal, national privacy watchdogs from France, Germany and other European Union member states have served notice that American companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon could face protracted country-by-country legal battles.

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