U.S. tech giants advocate approval of law to extend U.S. Privacy Act rights to non-citizens

On April 28, 2015, several major tech companies (e.g., Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo) together with some national associations (e.g., Transatlantic Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) sent a letter to Chttp://www.technethics.com/ongress urging it to support the bipartisan Judicial Redress Act of 2015, H.R. 1428, which would extend Privacy Act remedies to citizens of certain foreign states.

According to the letter, it is necessary to restore U.S. allies’ trust on secure data flow. Transnational data flow increasingly drives U.S. economy and the last two years saw an erosion of global public trust that brought negative commercial consequences to U.S. companies across all sectors. The adoption of the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, H.R. 1428, will help restore the public trust necessary for the success of the U.S. industry.

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 shall extend certain rights to the citizens of designed allies, particularly European Union Member States. EU citizens would be able to avail themselves of the core benefits that Americans enjoy under the U.S. Privacy Act with regard to information shared with the United States for law enforcement purposes, in particular the ability to ensure that the information is accurate and seek judicial recourse when it is not.

The full text of the letter is available at http://www.itic.org…      Open Pdf

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