EC Announces New PNR Deal
PERSONAL PRIVACY—EU & U.S.November 11, 2011
The European Commission has announced a newly revised deal with the U.S. that will allow American authorities to retain airline passengers' personal data for 15 years as part of counterterrorism efforts, AFP reports. The EC and U.S. government have been negotiating the deal for several months. Previous versions have been criticised by members of the European Parliament due to privacy concerns. "To our eyes, the new text represents a very big improvement from the existing agreement," said Michele Cerone of the EU Home Affairs office. "The new agreement will guarantee that PNR (Passenger Name Record) data will be used for restricted and well-defined purposes."