US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker talks to the media after a meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on July 12, 2016. AFP / THIERRY CHARLIER
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The European Union Tuesday launched a controversial deal with the United States aimed at curbing government spying on European citizens' personal internet data.The EU court invalidated the earlier "Safe Harbor" deal after an Austrian activist sued Facebook in Ireland, citing U.S. snooping practices exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.Companies wanting to transfer data back from Europe to the U.S. must "self-certify" as being compliant with the new deal with the U.S. government from Aug. 1, the EU said.The deal includes commitments by the U.S. to limit the use of bulk-collected intelligence, the appointment of a U.S. ombudsman to deal with complaints by European citizens and fines for firms that do not comply.The deal will also be subject to an annual review.
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