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EU lawmakers back plan to shield data

BRUSSELS — A panel of European Union lawmakers on Monday night backed a measure that could require such US companies as Google and Yahoo to seek clearance from European officials before complying with US warrants seeking private data.

The vote, by an influential committee at the European Parliament, is part of efforts in Europe to shield citizens from online surveillance following revelations about a far-reaching spying program by the US National Security Agency.

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