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Parliament: Protect Data Collected by U.S. Authorities

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

May 6, 2010

The European Parliament has approved two resolutions calling for limitations on the use of personal data collected by U.S. authorities. European Voice reports that two separate data transfer requests are at issue: the collection of passenger name records (PNR) on transatlantic flights and the collection of bank transfer information. MEPs decided to postpone approval on the transfer of PNR, the report states, and are seeking negotiations with the U.S. covering all data transfer deals. The MEPs have also called for better safeguards to protect European financial data transmitted to U.S. authorities. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with MEPs today on balancing anti-terrorism initiatives and human rights. "The longer we are without an agreement," he warned, "the bigger the threat of a terrorist attack that could have been prevented."
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