European Data Protection Digest

MEPs Suggest "Compromise Model" on PNR

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU

May 7, 2010

The European Parliament is holding up a vote on a 2007 agreement allowing EU governments to share passenger names records (PNR) with the U.S., European Voice reports, as MEPs remain convinced the plan breaches EU data protection rules. MEP Sophie in 't Veld, who has suggested there is "very little good" in the EU-U.S. accord, says parliament "will not vote on this, but we will try to work constructively to get something better." She has suggested a compromise EU "standard model" of PNR data that can be transferred to non-EU countries, and Cecilia Malmström, commissioner for home affairs, is to present a "PNR package" to comply with EU rules before the end of July. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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