European Data Protection Digest

Study: PNR Agreement Violates Rights

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

March 16, 2012

A study has found that the most recent EU agreement for the transfer of European passenger name record (PNR) data to U.S. authorities "breaches fundamental European human rights," ZDNet reports. The study, which was conducted by Gerrit Hornung of the Universität Passau and Franziska Boehm of the Université du Luxembourg, compared EU-U.S. PNR agreements from 2004, 2007 and 2011, finding "a general deterioration of Europeans' rights in relation to data sent to the U.S.," the report states. Issues raised in the study include the extension of the purpose and use of the data, its retention period and the transfer to third parties.
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