The Judicial Redress Act of 2015, enacted by Congress and now on to the President for signature, fails to extend Privacy Act protections to non-U.S. citizens. EPIC previously recommended changes to protect transborder data flows. The bill, as adopted, coerces European countries to transfer data to the US, even without adequate protection, or be denied legal rights. Congress adopted the narrow amendment to the Privacy Act without any changes to benefit U.S. citizens even after a data breach compromised 21.5 records maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. EPIC explained that the OPM breach made clear the need for updates to the federal privacy law.
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Communications Law and Policy
Jerry Kang and Alan Butler