Wednesday, March 28, 2012

EU Lawmakers Back New Deal On Sharing Air Passenger Data

Torello, Alessandro. "EU Lawmakers Back New Deal On Sharing Air Passenger Data." The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2012.

From the article: “European Union lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to allow the personal data of air passengers to be transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tuesday's vote is a step forward on a highly controversial issue that's been putting the EU Parliament at odds with U.S. lawmakers for years.  Supporters of the legislation say Passenger Name Records, or PNR sharing will help security agencies track passengers and identify those who pose a security risk.  But the sharing of PNR data has raised concerns about the safeguarding of sensitive personal information of EU nationals. Sophie in 't Veldt, a member of the Alliance of Liberal and Democrats in the EU Parliament, said that pressure from the U.S. was a contributing factor for members of the committee to pass the bill.” Read more (subscription may be required)

See Also
Brand, Constant. "MEPs Back Passenger Data Deal with US.", March 27, 2012.