Monday, July 02, 2007

Passenger Data Sharing - EU and US

Here is the latest that has been in the press on the provisional agreement (subject to approval by the 27 Member States) between the EU and the US on passenger data sharing
European negotiators reached a provisional deal with the United States on Wednesday, ending a year of wrangling over how to share information about trans-Atlantic air passengers that Washington says is needed to fight terrorism. The tentative agreement will be put to envoys from all 27 European Union nations Friday for approval, said the diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Differences over how to balance security needs with concerns over passengers' privacy had deadlocked negotiations since a 2004 deal on data sharing was voided by an EU court last year for technical reasons.
However, see also Statewatch, which has also published the minutes dated 19 June 2007 at which provides some details on the provisional deal.

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