Formal negotiations between EU and U.S. officials began Thursday for the creation of a data protection framework that would protect European citizens' data for future anti-terror operations, the AFP reports. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says it is "important to have...an umbrella agreement" making it "much easier to have specific agreements" on areas with privacy concerns. Anticipating difficulties in future data sharing agreements, including a crucial deal on passenger data for European airlines, "the EU wants to establish a data protection framework that would cover all future arrangements," the article states. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano believes "the sharing of passenger data can be very consistent with the protection of privacy."
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