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ICO responds to US law enforcement agencies' access to personal data

Statement: 7 June 2013

An ICO spokesperson said:

“There are real issues about the extent to which US law enforcement agencies can access personal data of UK and other European citizens. Aspects of US law under which companies can be compelled to provide information to US agencies potentially conflict with European data protection law, including the UK’s own Data Protection Act.

"The ICO has raised this with its European counterparts, and the issue is being considered by the European Commission, who are in discussions with the US Government.”

 

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