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Concerns Persist Over PNR Plans

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

April 13, 2011

"The European Commission has still to prove why passengers' personal details should be recorded on all flights to and from Europe," OUT-LAW.COM reports in a piece on the Article 29 Working Party's opinion on the collection of passenger name record (PNR) data. The commission has not provided "proper evaluation of the use of PNR," the Working Party writes, suggesting that collecting PNR data to fight crime "should not enable mass tracking and surveillance of all travelers." Other opinions on PNR plans are divided, the report states. Amidst such questions about PNR retention and cross-border access to data stored by U.S. cloud providers, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are attending a meeting of EU-U.S. justice officials.
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