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Europeans Seek Court Review of Data-Sharing Plan

The Department of Homeland Security hit a snag in its effort to get European countries to cooperate with U.S. airport security measures, with the European Parliament voting yesterday to send an agreement brokered by the United States and European Union to court for review. The agency worked out an agreement last year with the EU to allow U.S. officials to inspect airline passenger records for U.S.-bound flights to screen for wanted criminals and suspected terrorists prior to their arrival. The European Parliament, an elected body of representatives that has lawmaking ability, said the deal violated EU privacy laws and voted 276-260 to ask the European Court of Justice to decide whether the agreement is valid. Full Story

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