Eight Civil Liberties MEPs will travel to Washington and Boston to discuss data protection, law enforcement, counter-terrorism and AI with authorities, experts and stakeholders.

The delegation, led by the Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), will be in Washington D.C. from 23 to 26 February. They will have the opportunity to discuss several topical matters with US authorities and stakeholders related to data protection, law enforcement, counterterrorism, the visa waiver program and Artificial Intelligence. The review of the EU-US US Privacy Shield and US law on e-evidence and the agreement currently under negotiation with the EU will also be addressed during the visit.

MEPs will hold meetings in Washington D.C. with members of Congress, representatives from different US government offices including the Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission. They will also meet with representatives of the Judiciary and members of the industry, civil society and academia.

The delegation’s programme during the visit to Boston from 26 February to 29 February focuses especially on Artificial Intelligence. The delegation will meet with representatives from major academic and innovative centres such as the MIT and Harvard University, start-ups and their representatives active in the field of AI and robotics, local law enforcement authorities and municipal authorities of Boston to discuss their use of AI for police purposes.

Members of the delegation:

Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES), Head of the delegation

Birgit SIPPEL (S&D DE)

Nicolaus FEST (ID, DE)

Marina KALJURAND (S&D, ET)

Javier ZARZALEJOS (EPP, ES)

Jeroen LENAERS (EPP, NL)

Moritz KÖRNER (Renew, DE)

Patrick BREYER (Greens/EFA, DE)

Background

The Civil Liberties Committee visits the US annually to obtain information on the state of play in the US on major topics that are dealt by the Committee. The last mission took place 16-19 July 2018.