U.S. surveillance laws jeopardize Europeans’ privacy rights

Forging a new data-sharing agreement between the U.S. and European Union may require changes to surveillance laws, officials warned last week, raising the prospect of prolonged uncertainty for companies that relied on a trans-Atlantic agreement for facilitating digital commerce.

The EU’s top court ruled in July that the Privacy Shield, a common agreement for sharing data across European and U.S. borders, is illegal because U.S. surveillance laws jeopardize Europeans’ privacy rights.

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