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Edward Snowden

EU and US days away from deadline to renew data-sharing pact

The European Union and the United States are hurtling toward a deadline on reaching a new agreement over data sharing that would extinguish the risk of costly litigation by consumers worried about their privacy.

The two sides have been trying to forge an agreement by Jan. 31 after Europe's top court struck down the previous pact in October due to concerns over the rights of Europeans' data stored by companies in the U.S. and their potential exposure to surveillance from U.S. intelligence agencies.

On Friday, Christian Wigand, a spokesman at the European Commission, said "intense" negotiations were ongoing but warned there wouldn't be an agreement at "any...