On January 25, 2016, the US government responded to EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) ’s FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request and released in full the European Union-United States data protection “Umbrella Agreement”.
The European Commission had already made the file publicly available on its website (see here) starting on September 2015.
The US Government highlighted how the draft is marked “Draft for initialing”, i.e., it is not final
“it represents an intermediate step in negotiations between the United States and the European Union. The agreement will not become final unless and until, following multiple additional steps, it is signed by the United States and the European Union. The agreement will not enter into force unless and until, following such signature, notifications are exchanged between the United States and the European Union to bring it into force”.
EPIC also filed a lawsuit regarding this request, EPIC v. DOJ, 15-cv-1955 (D.D.C.). See here.
More information on the EU-US Umbrella Agreement is available at http://www.technethics.com…
For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal