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Personal air traveller data – it's not yours any more

EU caves in over US data transfer demands. Despite opposition from the European Parliament, the European Commission has formally decided to declare the transfer of passenger data between the EU and US to be satisfactory. After dialogue and negotiations, the transfer is now in force. The Commission, via its representative for the internal market, Fritz Bolkestein, decided to grant approval to the data transfer despite the Parliament’s disapproval. Bolkestein said that a negotiated solution is never perfect, especially when it was created while working under a law adopted by the US Congress. He added that the EC wasn’t looking for a confrontation with the European Parliament, who, he said, had helped it to obtain improvements from the US, due to the strong political pressure the Parliament had exerted since March 2003. Full Story

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