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Post spying scandal, can trust bloom again between EU and U.S.?

(Updates with Microsoft, Skype decision in penultimate paragraph.)

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union’s justice chief said the U.S would win back lost trust amid spying scandals by granting EU citizens the right to sue U.S. agencies that violate their privacy rights.

A meeting of EU and U.S. government officials in Washington today must progress on this “fundamental issue” and come up with “concrete and enforceable rights, notably the right to judicial redress” in the U.S. for citizens from the 28-nation EU, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement.

“It is important that a European boarding a plane in Rome or searching the web from his home in Germany has a right of judicial redress in the U.S. whenever their personal data are being processed in the U.S.,” said Reding. An accord “will contribute to restoring trust in trans-Atlantic relations, which is of particular importance at this moment in time.”

Reding has urged the U.S. to boost its privacy rules or risk harming relations with the bloc in the wake of a scandal over reports the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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