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E.U. vs. U.S. on privacy & security

Posted by direwolff on October 1, 2006

Looks like the European Union is living more up to the spirit of the U.S. Constitution than our own government. Here I thought that the E.U. nations were going to compromise away their stands on privacy but it appears that they’re holding strong. Given the history of wars that Europe has endured, it’s impressive that they feel strongly enough to stand up to the U.S. on these matters.

EU says no deal on passenger data

By Jonathan Peterson

Los Angeles Times

Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials expressed confidence Saturday that talks with the European Union on the sharing of airline passenger data were headed toward a successful conclusion, shortly after an EU spokesman said negotiations had broken down.

The conflicting statements came as a deadline arrived to formalize the sharing of passenger data, a practice adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In May, the European Court of Justice struck down the arrangement because of legal and privacy considerations.

***** 10/6/06 UPDATE: Uh-oh, looks like they’ve reached a compromise.  You know that can’t be good given our government’s authoritarian manner of dealing with such things, but I’ll reserve comment until I read the fuller agreement.  Here’s the news story on it:

EU, U.S. reach deal on sharing passenger data from trans-Atlantic flights

Updated 10/6/2006 11:25 AM ET



LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union and the United States agreed Friday on a new anti-terrorism agreement that will give the FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies access to data about passengers on U.S.-bound flights.

The interim deal — reached after a nine-hour, trans-Atlantic video conference that took place nearly a week after negotiators missed an Oct. 1 deadline — replaces a 2004 air passenger privacy agreement the EU’s high court voided last May for purely technical reasons.


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