Daily DashboardEuropean Data Protection Digest

EU Air Travel Privacy and Other Concerns Persist

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

April 29, 2010

The New York Times reports that while airline passenger records may be the most prominent, other privacy issues--ranging from Internet mapping services to U.S. access to banking records to data breaches--have also "accentuated concerns among Europeans that governments and companies cannot be trusted to keep potentially sensitive information under lock and key." Meanwhile, some Americans want the U.S. to follow the EU's lead on privacy. "In many respects today, the United States has fallen behind Europe in its ability to develop appropriate safeguards for the use of technology," said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "If the Europeans are successful in establishing a standard, there will be benefits to American citizens as well." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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