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Government Signs Passenger Data Agreement

PRIVACY LAW—EU & AUSTRALIA

November 1, 2011

The Australian reports that the government has signed a revised Passenger Name Record agreement with the EU. The European Parliament approved the agreement last week to permit 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. The agreement has elicited privacy concerns including from the Australian Privacy Foundation, which said the agreement intrudes on passengers' personal affairs without their knowledge and consent and proper safeguards have not been demonstrated. The agreement allows for six agencies besides customs to share the data.
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