EP Approves Passenger Data Agreement
PRIVACY LAW—EU & AUSTRALIAOctober 28, 2011
The European Parliament approved an agreement on the transfer of EU airplane travellers' personal data to the Australian Customs Service on Thursday, according to a European Parliament press release. The agreement will bring Passenger Name Record data transfers into compliance with the European Data Protection Directive and will last for seven years. The agreement permits the Australian Customs Service to retain data transferred from air carriers--including passport numbers and credit card details--for a maximum of 5.5 years for the purpose of detecting and combating crime. After three years, data that could be used to identify a passenger will be anonymised. Processing on sensitive data, such as race or religion, is prohibited.