Google on Wednesday pressed Congress to extend some U.S. privacy rights to its European Union counterparts.
The search giant wants legislation that would allow European citizens to use the U.S. court system to challenge the unauthorized disclosure of their personal information.
"But the balance in the US and many other countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
The post came a day before European Commission representatives are slated to visit Washington.
The United States and the European Union have a law enforcement partnership, in which they share information to fight terrorism and other crime.
EU citizens do not currently have rights to challenge the unauthorized disclosure of that information if it is revealed by the United States "intentionally or willfully." U.S. citizens can challenge disclosures using the U.S. Privacy Act.
Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderOvernight Tech: Senate moving to kill FCC's internet privacy rules | Bill Gates pushes for foreign aid | Verizon, AT&T pull Google ads | Q&A with IBM's VP for cyber threat intel Uber leadership sticking by CEO Top Dems prep for future while out of the spotlight MORE already endorsed the proposal this summer while traveling overseas. And Google said making the change would extend an olive branch to technology companies.
Google said it and other companies have been pushing for more substantial reforms since the Edward Snowden leaks last year.
"Sadly, we’ve seen little serious reform to date," Drummond wrote.