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U.S., EU negotiators say trade talks off to a good start

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks on a landmark free-trade agreement between the United States and the European Union are off to a good start, U.S. and EU officials said on Friday, despite reports about U.S. spying that have raised concerns across Europe. "From the point of view of the European Union, the work this week has been very productive," chief EU negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero told reporters at a joint news conference with his U.S. counterpart, Daniel Mullaney.

US lawmakers propose password privacy bill

A group of US lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill that would make it illegal for employers or schools to require the disclosure of passwords for social networks such as Facebook. The bipartisan proposal comes after reports that some firms have required passwords as a condition of employment, or that schools have asked for the information to guarantee enrollment or participation in sports programs. The lawmakers said the bill, a reintroduction of a measure proposed last year, was aimed at protecting privacy in social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
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