(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.’s fight with the U.S. government over whether it can be forced to help unlock an iPhone has spilled across borders, threatening to delay a trans-Atlantic pact protecting European data from American eyes.

European Union privacy regulators promised to give their verdict next month on the so-called privacy shield deal, which toughens EU privacy protections where the U.S. is involved. The Apple case is raising concerns that the new plan doesn’t go far enough, regional politicians, officials and lawyers said. That in turn could mean more deliberation and push back the completion date.

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