Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) today introduced the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, which:
• Extends citizens of major U.S. allies the core benefits that Americans enjoy under the Privacy Act with regard to information shared with the United States for law enforcement purposes.
• Serves as an important show of support for our allies and is critical to ensure continued sharing of information that is crucial to law enforcement efforts and to national security.
• Has the support of the Department of Justice, federal law enforcement agencies and key European politicians.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The fight against terror spans the globe. Coordinating our efforts with friendly nations is vital to our national security and the security of our European allies. Extending certain rights to their citizens will also help foster a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship for American and European businesses. In short, this legislation will bolster our intelligence gathering capabilities and protect civil liberties at home and abroad.”
Congressman Conyers: “For more than a decade, our allies in Europe have worked with federal law enforcement to ensure that our recordkeeping is both accurate and complete. In support of that vital relationship, this legislation offers our allies a limited set of privacy protections. This bill is a measure of basic fairness—our friends abroad should have some course of redress with respect to information that they provided to the U.S. government in the first place. The Obama Administration fully backs this proposal, and I look forward to its speedy passage.”