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July 26, 2007

U.S.-EU Strike Accord on PNR Data Sharing

Filed under: Aviation Security,International HLS,Legal Issues,Privacy and Security — by Jonah Czerwinski on July 26, 2007

Looks like the U.S. and EU overcame the most recent tussle concerning how the two allies will share private or personal information in pursuit of terrorists (and other criminals, or course).  The press release from this afternoon is available here.  Following are the main points:

  • The Department of Homeland Security will collect 19 types of PNR data.
  • The data will be maintained for seven years in an active file, and eight years thereafter in a dormant file with limited access.
  • How DHS collects PNR data from airline reservation systems changes, too. Air carriers will now transmit PNR data directly to DHS.
  • European air carriers get legal assurance that they will not be in violation of EU privacy law.
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