Wednesday, November 23, 2005

European Court of Justice rules against Commission on transfer of passenger data

The European Commission is now reaping the consequences of pushing through an illegal agreement with the US to transfer passenger data from airlines to US Customs:

AIR travel from Europe to the United States could be thrown into chaos after a key transatlantic terrorism measure was declared illegal by a senior European Union lawyer.

Philippe L├ęger, the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice, the EU’s supreme court, called for the annulment of an agreement requiring EU airlines to give US authorities access to a wide range of confidential data on passengers before they travel.

They cannot expect anything else to happen if they continue to ignore the European Parliament's view despite its mandated role under the EU Treaties -- as the Council is currently trying to do with a directive on data retention.

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