EU officials are voicing concerns about the lack of an ombudsperson in the U.S. State Department, The Hill reports. The ombudsperson oversees complaints from European citizens about the access U.S. national security agencies have to their data. “This is a very clear-cut requirement from our side,” EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said, adding U.S. officials are “aware that this is one of the important issues for us.” Jourová said if an ombudsman is appointed, the EU will have a higher level of trust in the Privacy Shield. Currently, the undersecretary of state, who would fill that role as part of the Shield agreement, has not been appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, noted the U.S. Department of Commerce's Shannon Coe at the International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference in Hong Kong, but Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judy Garber currently fills the ombudsperson's role and, said the EU Commission's Bruno Gencarelli, “while that person is acting, she can perform all the duties of the position for which she is acting.”
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