In a press conference Friday outside the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned privacy 11 times in wide-ranging remarks following a meeting. Merkel noted there are “differences of opinion on what sort of balance to strike between the intensity of surveillance” and “protecting individual privacy and individual freedom” that will require further discussion. However, she said she would take home the message that the U.S. is ready to get serious about privacy in Safe Harbor discussions. Obama said “the privacy interests of non-U.S. citizens are deeply relevant” and noted his “unprecedented” order to intelligence agencies to take privacy interests of non-U.S. citizens into account. He also said he was committing to a “U.S.-German cyber-dialogue … to make sure there is transparency and clarity about what we’re doing.” Editor’s Note: The IAPP Web Conference, The Future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework—Clear or Stormy Seas? will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 1 p.m. EDT.
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