On 8 September 2015, EU and US officials announced that they had reached a data protection agreement for transatlantic criminal investigations. The EUROPEAN Commissioner for Justice said: „Once this agreement is in force, it will guarantee a high level of protection for all personal data if it is transferred between law enforcement agencies across the Atlantic.” Despite the announcements, neither U.S. officials nor their European counterparts have made the text of the agreement public. The EU-US agreement on protection standards for the transfer of personal data between EU law enforcement agencies and EU officials was quite inflated in the vote on the adoption of the agreement. The European Commission press release describes this as a „historic” and „unique” agreement, which „guarantees a high level of protection of the personal data of EU citizens transmitted to judicial and police authorities on the other side of the Atlantic”. And Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP in charge of reviewing the agreement and rapporteur of the General Data Protection Regulation, said the agreement would guarantee „high and binding standards and strong rights for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic” and „take data protection with the United States to a new level.” The full text of the US-EU Agreement on the Protection of Personal Data in the Context of The Prevention, Investigation, Detection and Prosecution of Criminal Offences (Umbrella Agreement) was first published by Statewatch. On 14 September 2015, the European Parliament published the unofficial version of the agreement. EPIC follows the publication of the document by U.S. and European agencies. The INTER agreement between the EU and the United States, known as the „Umbrella Agreement,” is a framework for the transatlantic transfer of data between the US and the EU. The proposed objective of the agreement is to provide guarantees of protection of personal data transmitted between the EU and the United States.
EPIC supports the establishment of a comprehensive legal framework for cross-border data flows.