Inching a step closer toward a major law enforcement agreement with the European Union, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would give European citizens a right to sue in U.S. courts if their personal data is misused, The Hill reports. A major component of the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement, the Judicial Redress Act, is a necessary law for assuaging European concerns about the use of their data by U.S. companies. Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said, “The Judicial Redress Act can go a long way toward restoring our allies’ faith in U.S. data privacy protections and helping facilitate agreements.” In a separate column for The Hill, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), an author of the bill, wrote that the legislation “is essential to U.S. law enforcement.”
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