The European Parliament strongly rejected on Thursday an agreement with the United States on giving bank data, dismissing pressure from Washington.
EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, voted 378-196 against the deal with 31 abstentions. The parliament's president, Jerzy Buzek, said the assembly wants more safeguards for civil liberties and believes human rights has been compromised in the name of security.
A nine-month interim agreement went into force provisionally at the start of February but deputies from Liberal, Socialist and Green groups had opposed it on the grounds that it failed to protect the privacy of EU citizens.
EU governments also made last minute appeals, pledging to give deputies better access to future negotiations with Washington.
Parliament president Jerzy Buzek said more data privacy protection was needed.
"The majority view ... is that the correct balance between security, on the one hand, and the protection of civil liberties and fundamental rights, on the other, has not been achieved," Buzek said in a statement after the vote.
EU strongly dismisses US access to bank data
EP strongly rejected an agreement with the United States on giving bank data, dismissing pressure from Washington.