Summary Box: French official backs privacy rights

THE ASSESSMENT: The head of France’s data protection watchdog says Europe and the United States don’t agree on how to strike the right balance between protecting privacy rights and battling the terror threat.

RESIST: Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin urged the EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, to defend data privacy rights amid “strong” pressure from U.S. officials to get access to information about European citizens for security reasons.

UPCOMING TALKS: Reding is visiting the United States and plans to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.