Brussels, 5 February 2010
Commission launches public consultation on a future EU-US data protection and information sharing agreement
The Commission has launched a public consultation on a future EU-US data protection and information sharing agreement. The consultation aims at gathering the views of stakeholders and the public at large on the basis of a discussion paper as part of the preparatory work for the recommendation to authorise the negotiation of a future EU-US agreement.
All stakeholders and organisations involved in the protection of personal data and/or processing, transfer or sharing of information for law enforcement purposes in the transatlantic context as well as the general public are invited to respond to the public consultation. The closing date of the consultation is 12 March 2010. The consultation document can be found on the "Your voice in Europe" website at
The European Council of 10-11 December 2009 adopted the Stockholm Programme which defines the framework for EU policy in the area of Justice, Freedom and Security for the period 2010–2014. The European Commission is invited in the Stockholm Programme to propose a recommendation for the negotiation of a data protection and, where necessary, data sharing agreement for law enforcement purposes with the United States of America.