Daily DashboardEuropean Data Protection Digest

EU, U.S. Tussle Over Passenger Data Sharing

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

October 28, 2010

The U.S. is facing resistance to its requests for broad sharing of European airline passenger data from the EU and European airline officials alike. The EU executive has demanded a renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty, which lays out the conditions under which European airlines can supply passenger data. According to The Washington Post report, this move serves as recognition that the European Parliament would not approve the treaty as is. Meanwhile, officials from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and others are accusing the U.S. of imposing overly intrusive and redundant security measures. These objections worry U.S. counterterrorism officials because computer scrutiny of passenger lists has become an important anti-terrorism tool, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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