On February 24th, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act into law. The law allows European citizens to sue in U.S. courts if they believe their data was mishandled by the U.S. government.
The law was an important condition of the Privacy Shield data sharing agreement between the U.S. and the European Union (EU). According to the President, the new law ensures that data of “not only American citizens, but also foreign citizens” is protected under U.S. privacy laws and regulations.
Mark MacCarthy, senior vice president of public policy, stated that “the ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ will set an essential legal and political foundation for the free flow of data across international borders. In doing so, it ensures that U.S. business can effectively operate overseas and protects American economic leadership and jobs here at home.”
Vera Jourova of the European Commission said, “I welcome the signature of the Judicial Redress Act by President Obama today. This new law is a historic achievement in our efforts to restore trust in transatlantic data flows”.
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