EU data protection authorities welcome new EU-U.S. data transfer deal

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[February 03, 2016]  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU data protection authorities welcomed on Wednesday an agreement between the United States and the European Union on transferring data, but said they still needed information to assess whether it answered privacy concerns.

"We want to receive documents in order to assess whether the Privacy Shield can answer the privacy concerns raised," Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chair of the working party told a news conference, adding she hoped to receive such information by the end of February.

European and U.S. negotiators finally agreed a data pact on Tuesday to replace the Safe Harbour framework used by over 4,000 firms to transfer Europeans' data to the United States, that was outlawed by a top EU court last year.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop)

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