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EDPS: PNR Agreement Does Not Address Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

December 13, 2011

In the wake of issues raised by other EU regulators with a passenger name record (PNR) sharing plan between the EU and U.S., European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has released a statement detailing his concerns with the plan. "Any legitimate agreement providing for the massive transfer of passengers' personal data to third countries must fulfill strict conditions," he noted, adding, "Unfortunately, many concerns expressed by the EDPS and the national data protection authorities of the member states have not been met." Computing reports on the EDPS recommendations, including holding data for no longer than six months. The current plan allows data to be retained for 15 years.
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