Mar 2, 2017

Europe won't "hesitate" to halt U.S. privacy deal if concerns emerge

European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova tells Bloomberg that the bloc would consider suspending its Privacy Shield agreement with the United States if it felt the U.S. wasn't standing by its part of the bargain:

"I will not hesitate to do it. There's too much at stake."

Why it matters: The deal calms fears in Europe about privacy violations and eases the way for companies to store user data in a country other than the one where the user lives. But language in one of President Trump's executive orders has some worried that the administration could undermine the privacy rights of foreign nationals.

What's next: Bloomberg reports Jourova has a trip to Washington in the works for later this month. She said it would take a "significant change" to see the deal suspended.

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SpaceX capsule carrying astronauts docks with space station

The Crew Dragon just before docking on Sunday. Photo: NASA TV

SpaceX's Crew Dragon safely delivered two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — to the International Space Station on Sunday after the company's historic launch Saturday.

Why it matters: This marks the first time a private company has delivered people to the space station and it signals the beginning of the end of NASA's reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for flights to orbit.

Minnesota AG: Prosecution of officer in George Floyd case shouldn't be rushed

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison cautioned in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is "very early in the process" and that charges could be amended or added.

Why it matters: Chauvin was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, which implies that he did not intend to kill Floyd. Some protestors have demanded more severe charges and Floyd's family has asked Ellison to serve as a special prosecutor in the case.

Robert O'Brien: "I don't think there's systemic racism" in law enforcement

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he doesn't believe there is "systemic racism" among law enforcement in the U.S., arguing that there are "a few bad apples" that are giving police a bad name.

Why it matters: The mass protests that have swept across the United States are not just a response to the death of George Floyd, but of the dozens of high-profile instances of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police officers over the years.