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U.S. Officials Question EU Data Restrictions

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

December 3, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports on a statement by U.S. aviation security officials raising concerns about EU restrictions on the sharing of passenger data among security agencies. The restrictions reflect heightened sensitivity to passenger privacy concerns, David Heyman of the Department of Homeland Security and Vicki Reeder of the Transportation Security Administration told the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday, suggesting such restrictions deny "one of the most powerful tools we have for identifying risks to our aviation system...Among our remaining challenges is the false notion that privacy and data protection standards in the United States and the European Union are irreconcilable." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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