President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act into law yesterday, giving select US allies the same protections under the Privacy Act offered to US citizens.
The act has been seen as integral to Europe and the US finalising an agreement to replace the Safe Harbour Agreement thrown out by a European court in October.
Mark MacCarthy, senior vice president of public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, congratulated the Obama administration and the bill's Congressional sponsors, noting in a statement emailed to SCMagazine.com that "allowing citizens of European nations and other designated US allies to have privacy protections similar to those of US citizens in Europe will advance international relations and foster global economic progress. Importantly, the Judicial Redress Act is key to final approval of the Privacy Shield in Europe, as well as implementation of the ‘umbrella' agreement on data transfers for law enforcement purposes between the US and EU.”
He added that "the 'EU-US Privacy Shield' will set an essential legal and political foundation for the free flow of data across international borders. In doing so, it ensures that US business can effectively operate overseas and protects American economic leadership and jobs here at home.”