Signing of the "Umbrella" Agreement: A major step forward in EU-U.S. relations
Today, the EU and U.S. have signed the "Umbrella" agreement, representing a major step forward in EU-U.S. relations. The agreement sets high standards for the protection of personal data transferred by law-enforcement authorities. It also strengthens legal certainty and enhances the rights of citizens which in turn will facilitate EU-U.S. cooperation to combat crime, including terrorism. The EU and the United States are committed to work together in the implementation of this agreement to ensure that it benefits both citizens and law enforcement cooperation. The next step will be to seek approval by the European Parliament.
Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, on the left, Ard van der Steur, Dutch Minister for Security and Justice, in the centre, and Věra Jourová, on the right, during the signature of the UE-US Umbrella data protection agreement, at the National Maritime Museum.
For more information:
- Full Statement
- Data protection
- Agreement between The United States of America and The European Union on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminal offenses (Disclaimer: The Agreement is not yet binding as a matter of international law)