While the EU remains focused on assuring privacy is protected, EU and U.S. officials are hopeful they will be able to agree on a new data-sharing deal aimed at anti-terrorism investigations, AFP reports. "The right to privacy for European Union citizens cannot be held 'hostage' by the fight against terrorism," said Viviane Reding, the EU's justice commissioner. She stressed that in their efforts to fight terrorism, officials "cannot overstep the mark." Following meetings on Thursday and Friday in Spain, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "I believe we can reach an agreement with the full appreciation of the privacy issues involved, which are issues that are important to the United States as well as to the European Union."
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