European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: PNR Agreement Leaves Much To Be Desired

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

April 27, 2012

In an opinion piece for EUobserver, MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht opines that the recently green-lighted EU-U.S. agreement on air passenger data remains disproportionate in its mandates for passenger data retention periods. Albrecht also disagrees with the lack of safeguards to prevent the misuse of data--potentially resulting in passenger profiling--and the lack of legal redress for data misuse. "These concerns will now simply be brushed under the carpet by members of the European Parliament who wanted to wash their hands of the controversy," Albrecht writes, adding that there remains a lack of evidence that using passenger records to thwart terrorism and criminal activity is effective at all.
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