Published: June 2021

Comprehensive privacy protections needed at home before transatlantic deal is passed

Consumer Action joined over 20 organizations in urging the Biden administration to pause negotiations on a new transatlantic data transfer agreement until Congress passes comprehensive privacy legislation and reforms surveillance laws. Until the United States addresses privacy protections for personal data, concerns about data transfers to the United States will remain, and data flow agreements are likely to be invalidated.

In a letter to President Biden, advocacy groups explained that the United States Congress’s failure to pass meaningful privacy protections for personal data is the reason that a growing number of countries are concerned about trans-border data flows. The only way to fully address pressing data collection privacy issues and to enter into a lasting transatlantic agreement is to harmonize data protection standards between the European Union and the United States.

Lead Organization

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Other Organizations

BEUC | The European Consumer Organisation | 
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
 | Center for Digital Democracy |
 Center for Economic Justice
Constitutional Alliance 
| Consumer Action 
| Consumers’ Association The Quality of Life–EKPIZO (Greece) | Consumer Federation of America | 
Defending Rights & Dissent
 | Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 
| Electronic Frontier Norway 
| Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) 
| Government Information Watch
 | The Greenlining Institute 
| Homo Digitalis 
| KEPKA–Consumers’ Protection Centre (Greece) 
| noyb
 | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy 
| Public Citizen
 | Public Knowledge 
| Ranking Digital Rights
 | Restore the Fourth 
| Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) 

More Information

For more information, please visit EPIC.


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Comprehensive privacy protections needed at home before transatlantic deal is passed   (Data-Flows-Negotiations-Coalition-Letter-June2021.pdf)




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