Europe’s willingness to cooperate with a security-conscious United States government appears to have reached its limit. The union’s commissioner in charge of data protection issues, Frits Bolkestein, said that while the European Union continues to stand with America in the war on terrorism, it views the latest demands for information about airline passengers flying into the United States from Europe as going too far. In an example of the privacy issues raised by the Bush administration’s aggressive stance on airline security, the American airline JetBlue Airways acknowledged on Friday that it had provided the Pentagon with information on more than one million of its passengers, as part of a program to track down terrorists and other “high risk” passengers. Full Story
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