EU Parliament on December 1, 2016 voted to back the EU-US Umbrella Agreement on data protection in exchanges for law enforcement purposes. Agreement covers the transfer of all personal data exchanged between the EU and US regarding criminal offences.
The deal is to ensure high, binding data protection standards in the data exchanged. The Agreement itself is not a legal basis for data transfers, but protects those data that are already exchanged legally, says Parliament’s lead MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht.
Umbrella Agreement will ensure citizens in both in EU and US have equal rights to:
– be informed in the event of data security breaches,
– have inaccurate information corrected and
– judicial redress at court.
The Agreement also sets limits on onward transfers of data and retention periods.