U.S. reluctant to change data pact after EU watchdogs’ concerns

The United States does not want to change the substance of a data transfer pact agreed in February with the European Commission, a senior official said, after EU privacy watchdogs voiced concerns over elements of the deal. Stefan Selig, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, said the United States would evaluate the EU regulators' opinion – published last week – very carefully, but would be wary of reopening the agreement. The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was agreed in February after two years of talks and will help companies move Europeans' data to the United States without setting up complex legal contracts to comply with strict EU data transfer rules.

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