Is US president Barack Obama in fact going to keep his promise to grant EU citizens rights equal to those of US citizens in matters concerning security and privacy infringements? Verbal promises have been made, but no action is in sight.
US officials in the current Obama government are going to push an amendment in the US Congress that will grant EU citizens the right to press charges in the US in cases where they believe their personal data has been abused or given to third parties without their consent, said US Attorney General, Eric Holder.
The EU and the US have been in murky waters recently over charges regarding the extensive use of spyware by Americans. Brussels and Washington are currently in talks over the free trade treaty, the outcome of which may influence the lives of half of the earth’s population.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has recently convened in Greece with his colleagues from the EU. Holder told reporters that the Obama government is “committed to making sure that EU citizens will enjoy the same rights as American citizens seeking justice” in issues regarding privacy.
Holder iterated that he would lobby in congress to enact the new law. However, an official bill is yet to be proposed. Viviane Reding, the incumbent European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship for the EU said that Holder’s announcement is “an important step in the right direction,” but she called on Washington to fulfill the promise. “Words only have meaning when they are enacted into the law, and we are still waiting for legislative efforts to take place,” she concluded.