ON THE TABLE: The European Union is looking to empower its privacy regulators in a new E.U.-U.S. data-sharing pact after the previous one was struck down by a top E.U. court. “Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law,” Reuters reports. “To address the court’s concerns, particularly that Europeans do not have legal channels to challenge misuse of their data, the Commission is looking for ways to involve European privacy watchdogs more deeply, according to three people familiar with the matter.”

WRAPPING UP: The Office of Personnel Management is working to finish notifying the 21.5 million victims of the agency’s massive data breach. “The final notification letters should be sent by the second week of December, OPM spokesperson Sam Schumach told FCW. The agency has already mailed 14.5 million letters and is printing 800,000 each day,” the outlet reports. “OPM has publicly characterized its hack as two separate breaches — the first involving 4.2 million personnel records and the second involving a 21.5 million-person background check database — but internal documents obtained by FCW indicate that the breach was a single sustained assault.”

UP IN THE AIR: Google appears to be ready to test its Project Loon Internet balloons across the country. “The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for a license to test experimental radios that use wireless spectrum in the millimeter bandwidth in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Google said it wants to begin the tests on January 1 for a period of 24 months. The testing could indicate that Google is broadening its ambitions for providing consumers with internet access through the special balloons developed in its secretive X Labs,” Business Insider reports.