Telegraph: Airline passengers’ sensitive data to be handed to US

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe, USA
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Millions of airline customers’ personal data will be handed over to the United States after MEPs voted for new laws that it’s claimed are vital to tackle terrorism.

Airlines will have to provide PNR data to US authorities to store for 15 years Photo: ALAMY

Airlines will have to provide PNR data to US authorities to store for 15 years Photo: ALAMY

Passenger Name Records, which include names, addresses, credit cards details and phone numbers, as well as religious meal choices and some sensitive health information, will be shared after the European Parliament voted to approve a controversial bill.

The United States will be able to store and actively exploit the data for up to five years to investigate terrorism and “transnational crime”, although names will be removed after six months.

The data will then be retained for a further 10 years, under stricter access rules.

The vote ends two years of wrangling between the European Commission, which proposed the laws, and MEPs who said they would infringe privacy and civil liberties.

A deal between Brussels and Washington to share PNR data was originally struck in 2007 following the discovery of plots to blow up airliners, including the 2006 “liquid bomb plot”, for which the three British ringleaders were sentenced to life imprisonment.

t expired in 2010, however, and European Commission has been under pressure to push through a permanent deal since. Last year the US Senate passed a resolution calling for action, with Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee saying the US “simply cannot accept” cutting off the data, “an important part of our layered defences against terrorism”.

MEPs remain divided on the issue; the bill passed on Thursday by 409 votes to 226…..

Read the full story from The Telegraph…..

By , Technology Correspondent
19 Apr 2012


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