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EU proposes reforms to relieve tension between data protection and mass surveillance

MEPs are urging the EU to swiftly clarify the legal framework governing data protection and transatlantic data transfers

Two members of European Parliament, Claude Moraes (MEP, Labour) and Jan-Philipp Albrecht (MEP, Green Party), have proposed a number of legal initiatives to the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to address growing tension between US mass surveillance activities and EU data protection reform efforts. The MEPs said the mechanisms will help give certainty to what are currently legal grey areas as well as restore trust and transparency in transatlantic data transfers.