European Data Protection Digest

Regulators Voice PNR Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

November 24, 2011

Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Sophie in't Veld says that a gag order that prevents MEPs from speaking about the passenger name record agreement between the U.S. and EU "is highly unfortunate. MEPs can read it, but citizens should also have access to what is decided about their rights." PCWorld reports that German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht says the agreement violates EU privacy laws, adding, even if data is anonymised after six months, "the U.S. still keeps all the records for 15 years...way beyond what is allowed by the EU treaties." And head of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin says European and American views on the balance between data protection and security are "not totally aligned." Europe "is trying to negotiate to make sure that data and Internet privacy is respected," she said. 
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