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WP Article 29 Issues Opinion on PNR

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU

November 16, 2010

The Article 29 Working Party has issued an opinion on European Commission (EC) plans to exchange passengers' personal data with countries outside the European Union, according to a press release. The working party "questions the necessity of large-scale profiling for law enforcement purposes" and says that the EC has not presented objective proof or statistics that passenger name record data are valuable in combating terrorism. The opinion reacts to the EC's September communication on the matter. Article 29 Working Party Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm raised the concerns last week during a meeting with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.
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