At the High Level Conference on Privacy and Protection of Personal Data, held simultaneously in Brussels and Washington, DC, on Monday, European and U.S. leaders discussed the development of online privacy rules on both sides of the Atlantic and opined on what must happen between the two to protect online users and facilitate innovation and trade critical to the world economy, The Hill reports. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson issued a joint statement pledging to work together, but some experts say that may be tricky. U.S. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said, however, that the U.S. and EU share common principles on privacy. Reding said an EU-U.S. agreement is "the missing piece."
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