EU,US initial new deal on air passengers' data

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 12:18 PM
EU,US initial new deal on air passengers' data

The EU says it has initialed a new agreement with the United States on the transfer of air passengers' data for flights from Europe to America.

The EU said Thursday the accord addresses European privacy concerns because it sets clear limits to what the data can be used for by U.S. authorities, and contains stronger data protection guarantees.

If endorsed by the EU Council and the European Parliament, it will replace the existing agreement from 2007. That had to be renegotiated after the Parliament criticized it as being too lax and allowing the U.S. authorities too much insight into the private data of EU citizens.

Under the new arrangement, passengers can obtain access to their records to correct and delete them, and have the right to administrative and judicial redress.