WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik sent a letter to the United States House Committee on the Judiciary in support of the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner.

Kadzik notes that the Judicial Redress Act is “critical to ensuring continued strong law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the European Union,” and that the “diminishment of lawful information sharing options… would dramatically reduce cooperation and significantly hinder counterterrorism efforts, in addition to the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of other criminal offenses.” 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “We live in a time of unprecedented threats of violence, crime, and terrorism. Data and information sharing is a key component to combat these threats, as well as strengthen our international relationships and increase national and international security. The Judicial Redress Act is an important step forward in building trust and cooperation between nations, and with the support of the Justice Department, I’m confident this common sense, bipartisan legislation will be passed by my colleagues in the Senate.”

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (H.R. 1428) was passed in the House of Representatives on October 20, 2015 and referred to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would extend certain privacy protection rights to citizens of European countries, as well as other allied nations, if the federal government willfully discloses information in violation of the Privacy Act. Under the Judicial Redress Act, citizens of designated countries would be extended the core benefits of the Privacy Act, which already applies to Americans, with regard to information shared with U.S. law enforcement authorities, including the ability to bring a lawsuit for the intentional or willful disclosure of personal information.  Many countries already extend such protections to U.S. citizens.