EP Approves U.S. PNR Deal, MEPs Back EU Agreement
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.April 19, 2012
The European Parliament has adopted a passenger name record (PNR) agreement with U.S. authorities, Euroalert.net reports. With 409 votes in favor, 226 against and 33 abstentions, the agreement sets a framework for allowing U.S. authorities access to EU citizens' PNR data and sets conditions for data retention periods and data security, as well as administrative and judicial redress, the report states. Meanwhile, EU interior ministers are preparing a framework for an EU-wide PNR deal, reports EuropeanVoice.com. The agreement, which will reportedly be concluded at a meeting in Luxembourg next week, will set the stage for talks with the European Parliament.