U.S., Europe at odds over data sharing

04/8/2010 | Google

Attorney General Eric Holder and other top administration officials are in Spain this week, trying to win greater European cooperation on data sharing. The U.S. says information gleaned from electronic funds transfers helped crack the case of an al-Qaida plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights, but privacy concerns in Europe have led to new restrictions on sharing such information. U.S. negotiators are seeking greater access to financial data and airline passenger information, but Europe appears ready to crack down. "During the past decade, Europe's policies have too often focused only on security and neglected justice," says EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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