At the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released a joint statement highlighting their "determination to finalize negotiations on a comprehensive EU-U.S. data privacy and protection agreement that provides a high level of privacy protection for all individuals and thereby facilitates the exchange of data needed to fight crime and terrorism" and the progress made to date. Citing key principles including data security, transparency of data processing and data protection oversight, they added they will review progress at the 2013 ministerial meeting and "consider next steps to ensure the continued rapid advancement of the negotiations."
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