For Immediate Release:
SIIA Welcomes President Obama Signing into Law the Judicial Redress Act (JRA)
Washington D.C. (Feb. 24, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today congratulated President Obama signing into law the Judicial Redress Act (H.R. 1428), which extends core benefits of the Privacy Act to select U.S. allies with regard to information shared with the U.S. for law enforcement purposes.
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
"Allowing citizens of European nations and other designated U.S. allies to have privacy protections similar to those of U.S. citizens in Europe will advance international relations and foster global economic progress. Importantly, the Judicial Redress Act is key to final approval of the Privacy Shield in Europe, as well as implementation of the ‘umbrella’ agreement on data transfers for law enforcement purposes between the U.S. and E.U.
"The 'EU-US Privacy Shield' will set an essential legal and political foundation for the free flow of data across international borders. In doing so, it ensures that U.S. business can effectively operate overseas and protects American economic leadership and jobs here at home.
"SIIA congratulates the Administration, as well as the bill’s Senate and House sponsors. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have played critical roles in the bipartisan effort to enact the Judicial Redress Act."
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