U.S. lawmakers delay bill on European data privacy deal

Pirate Party supporter wears a mock CCTV camera as he stands in front of Brandenburg Gate during protest calling for protection of digital data privacy in BerlinBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation that would grant U.S. privacy rights to Europeans is being delayed in the U.S. Senate, which may complicate negotiations over a broader trans-Atlantic data transfer pact that faces a January deadline for completion, sources said on Wednesday. The Judicial Redress Act, which would allow citizens of European allied countries to sue over data privacy in the United States, is “likely to be held” from a scheduled vote on Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, a panel aide said. Passage of the legislation is viewed as an important step toward securing a new “Safe Harbor” framework after the previous one was struck down by a top European Union court last year amid concerns about U.S. surveillance.

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