Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Passenger data transfer ruled illegal

The European Parliament has won its court battle with the Council of Ministers over the transfer of Passenger Name Record data to the United States (thanks, Gus!). The Court of Justice has ruled that the deal cannot be made under single market procedures as it is a security measure that comes under the EU's Third Pillar. Predictably, Commission officials are hyperventilating that the ruling could "spell the end of European aviation policy."

Hopefully the EU member states will now think rather more carefully about allowing the transfer of sensitive information about EU airline passengers to a United States that shows no interest in properly protecting that information, and that lied about the data being used only for anti-terrorist purposes.

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