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Attorney General Supports Privacy Act Protections for E.U. Citizens

Speaking in Athens at a meeting between US and EU officials, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration will work with Congress to extend Privacy Act protections to E.U. citizens. Mr. Holder stated, "the Obama Administration is committed to seeking legislation that would ensure that...EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress for intentional or willful disclosures of protected information, and for refusal to grant access or to rectify any errors in that information, as would a U.S. citizen under the Privacy Act." EPIC has previously recommended that Privacy Act safeguards be extended to non-US persons. iIn 2012, EPIC also urged Congress to update the Privacy Act. In 2011, EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in the Supreme Court, arguing that the Privacy Act provides damages for mental and emotional harm. EPIC routinely submits comments to federal agencies, urging enforcement of Privacy Act protections. For more information, see EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974 and EPIC: FAA v. Cooper.

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