PNR Deal Seeks Parliamentary, Member State Approval
PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.December 14, 2011
National interior ministers yesterday approved the signing of a new agreement between the EU and U.S. on sharing passenger name record data, the European Voice reports. The agreement is expected to be signed today but will require approval from EU member states and Parliament, which rejected a 2007 agreement. MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht has said the new agreement "fails to address the fundamental rights concerns repeatedly raised by the European Parliament and various European courts." European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx has also expressed dissatisfaction with the agreement's provisions.