European Data Protection Digest

MEP "Disappointed" in New PNR Agreement


November 18, 2011

In an interview with Europolitics, Vice Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties Sophie in't Veld said that the new passenger name record (PNR) agreement with the U.S. "is not clear" and she is "very disappointed that, in the negotiations with our closest ally, we are unable to come up with something that is in line with EU legislation." Though she said she will hold her "definitive judgement until I have had the opinion of legal experts," in't Veld added that the data retention terms "are much harsher than those laid down in the agreement with Australia," and the agreement contains clauses that "may allow for other uses of PNR data, like controlling borders or other unspecified purposes."
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