"From the first revelations, we proposed to our E.U. partners to include data protection in our negotiations with the U.S.," the statement continued. This resulted in the formation of a joint E.U.-U.S. working group which has met twice since its creation in July, the ministry said. In addition, E.U. heads of state and government will discuss data protection at the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday. "The digital economy cannot function well without an effective guarantee of the security of personal data," the Ministry concluded.
Fabius will also discuss the allegations of NSA actions against France with his U.S. counterpart at a meeting Tuesday, according to the ministry.
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