European Data Protection Digest

U.S. Senate Criticises EU Over PNR Data

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

May 20, 2011

AFP reports on the U.S. Senate's passage of a symbolic resolution alleging the EU has shown "a reluctance to exchange airline passenger data to deter extremist attacks." The nonbinding resolution, which received unanimous approval on Wednesday, recommends that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security "reject any efforts by the European Union to modify existing PNR data sharing mechanisms" in the wake of calls last year by the European Parliament for "less intrusive alternatives" to the use of PNR data and provisions that such information "in no circumstances be used for data mining or profiling," the report states.
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