European Privacy Regulators Question New U.S. Pact

European privacy regulators said a new commercial data transfer pact between the European Union and the United States needed to provide more reassurance over U.S. surveillance practices and the independence of a new U.S. privacy ombudsman. The lukewarm reception of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, agreed in February after two years of talks, did little to clear up the legal limbo in which companies have conducted cross-border data transfers since October when the EU's top court struck down the previous data transfer framework, Safe Harbour, on concerns about U.S. mass surveillance practices.