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At Madrid Meeting, EC Will Seek Privacy, Reciprocity

DATA PROTECTION—EU

April 7, 2010

During a meeting with U.S. officials in Madrid this week, the European Commission (EC) will seek the right for its citizens to sue in American courts if they believe airline passenger data transmitted to the U.S. has been misused, the New York Times reports. The commission will also ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to share information about U.S. travelers, the report states. "We need a balance between security and justice and a relationship based on real reciprocity," EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding said. At the Thursday-Friday meeting, officials will also discuss EU-U.S. sharing of bank transfer data and airport body scanners. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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