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By Stephen Gardner. Negotiators from the US and the European Union have initialed a data protection agreement.

The agreement would provide minimum privacy protections for personal data transferred across the Atlantic for law enforcement purposes, the EU's top data protection official said Sept. 8.

Věra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said in a statement that an “umbrella agreement” governing data transfer for law enforcement purposes had been finalized in principle and would take effect once the U.S. Congress has given EU citizens a right of redress in cases of privacy breaches.

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