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Article 29 WP Responds to Recent PNR Draft

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

January 23, 2012

In an open letter to the members of the LIBRE Committee of the European Parliament, the Article 29 Working Party (WP) acknowledges that modest improvements have been made to the latest draft of the EU-U.S. Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement, but says many of its concerns stand. The WP says that it has not received evidence proving the agreement is warranted in the first place and goes on to outline its concerns, including uncertainty about how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is allowed to use PNR data, the 15-year data retention term, the masking--and not deletion--of sensitive data and whether the access and redress mechanisms are in line with EU laws.
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