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Biden Order Brings New Transatlantic Data Pact Ever Closer

  • EU welcomes US commitments to new accord as an important step
  • Bloc’s top court toppled previous deal over US spying concerns
President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

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The European Union and U.S. moved a step closer to securing the privacy of transatlantic data flows as President Joe Biden moved to end years of uncertainty and allow thousands of companies to legally move customer data across the Atlantic.

Biden signed an executive order Friday that’ll create an independent court system in the US for EU citizens who think their data was unlawfully accessed or used by intelligence agencies. Decisions by the Data Protection Review Court will be binding and force the likes of the CIA to limit data collection to the “pursuit of defined national security objectives,” according to a White House fact sheet.