European data protection authorities have called for a "strict and far-reaching" general privacy agreement with the United States. In a letter addressed to European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding, the Article 29 Working Party "welcomes the initiative for a general agreement with the United States, since this could ensure a high level of protection for all individuals' personal data." The authorities would like this to be an "umbrella agreement" that could cover existing and future agreements between the EU and U.S., and the party stresses "the need for the future agreement to comply with the European Union's data protection framework, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights."
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