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U.S. will allow EU citizens to sue over data privacy


President Barack Obamas administration will push the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused, the U.S attorney general said on Wednesday. Allegations of vast U.S. spying programs have complicated EU-U.S. ties at a delicate moment in transatlantic relations as Brussels and Washington negotiate a free-trade pact that would encompass almost half the worlds economy. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was in Greece for a meeting with his EU counterparts, told reporters that the Obama administration is committed to making sure that EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress on privacy issues that U.S. citizens would have. The support for the legislation is part of a deal under which European countries are expected to share certain personal data with U.S. authorities for law enforcement purposes, including investigations into foreign fighters in Syria.

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