European Data Protection Digest

MEP: Air Passenger Data Must Be Protected

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

April 2, 2010

Irish MEP Gay Mitchell is urging EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding to balance anti-terrorism security measures with the need to protect personal freedom, The Post reports. Under a 2007 deal, passenger name records (PNRs) are provided to U.S. authorities for every air traveler entering the country. The European Parliament must now ratify the deal, the report states, based on provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. "There has to be cooperation between the EU and the U.S. in combating terrorism and organised crime, and I have no difficulty with providing air passenger details in principle," Mitchell said. "However, I have concerns about the protection of privacy and the rights of law-abiding people."
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