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US authorities at loggerheads with Volkswagen over data privacy issues

By Adam Dobrik

12 January 2016

US authorities at loggerheads with Volkswagen over data privacy issues Volkswagen. Credit: John Shepherd on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Volkswagen’s refusal to hand over internal emails considered relevant to an investigation into the emissions cheating scandal has infuriated US state-level attorney generals. But for all the law enforcers’ protestations, German law makes it difficult for Volkswagen to provide them with the emails they want.