European Data Protection Digest

Russian Air Data Decree Raises Concerns

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU & RUSSIA

June 6, 2013

The EU plans to ask Russia to delay introducing “a decree allowing authorities there to collect data on European airline passengers because of doubts over whether the new rules respect EU law,” Reuters reports. Russia plans to introduce the data-sharing measure on 1 July, but EU sources note no signed agreement—such as the ones in place with the U.S. and Australia—is in place. "We cannot have a situation in which European-registered airlines are compelled to do something that is against EU law," one EU source said, while another cautioned, "This could have an extremely damaging effect on travel between Russia and the EU.” The EU and Russia are also embroiled in an argument over limited visa-free travel.
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