European Data Protection Digest

Leaked Agreement Reveals 15-Year Storage Plans

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

May 27, 2011

The Guardian reports that a deal between the U.S. and EU will see the personal data of air passengers retained by the U.S. government for a period of 15 years. According to a "restricted" draft of the agreement obtained by The Guardian, passengers' names, addresses and credit card details--among other data--will be stored in an active U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database for five years; then it will be transferred to a dormant DHS database to be stored for another 10 years. The agreement proposes to "mask" or "depersonalise" individuals' identities after six months in the active database, the report states.
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