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Euro Parliament balks at U.S. passenger data pact

It opposes sharing data with the U.S. because of privacy concerns. In a bid to protect Europeans’ rights to privacy, the European Parliament today voted 276 to 260 to refer a draft agreement between the European Commission — the European Union’s executive branch — and the U.S. on air passenger data to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The European Court of Justice has the power to declare that the yet-to-be ratified agreement contravenes EU law. The agreement, struck last December after lengthy negotiations, would allow U.S. customs officials to collect 34 different pieces of information about air passengers before they board a plane to the U.S. It would also permit U.S. customs to hold on to the information for three and a half years and share it with other government agencies to help them combat terrorism or other serious crimes. Full Story

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