On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament formally adopted the compromise texts of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Police and Criminal Justice Directive. The Parliament also passed a resolution setting forth its findings and recommendations regarding the National Security Agency surveillance program.
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On January 17, 2014, President Obama delivered a major speech addressing reforms to government intelligence-gathering and surveillance activities. The President discussed the need to advance national security while strengthening protections for privacy and civil liberties, improving transparency in intelligence programs, engaging in continual oversight, and rebuilding trust among foreign leaders and citizens.
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Brazilian lawmakers held several consensus-building meetings with party leaders over the past two weeks to reach a voting agreement on a draft bill to establish the country’s first set of Internet regulations. Disputes over what should be included in the legislation have delayed a vote on the measure, but the bill continues to be a priority for Congress and a vote is expected in the coming weeks.
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