European Parliament resolution on airline passenger data gains wide support
The Resolution considered by a special meeting in Strasbourg of the European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedom and Rights on Monday (10 March) has attracted a series of amendments which make its opposition to the Joint Declaration of the European Commission and the USA on access to the personal data of passengers even stronger.
Seven of the amendments tabled are backed by all the main political groups (EPP, conservative group; PSE, socialist group; ELDR, Liberal group; Green/ALE group, GUE, United Left; plus Mauricio Turco and Marco Cappato. An eighth amendment is backed by the same coalition but without the EPP.
Please see updated report filed on 13.3.03: Parliament vote
Story filed 10.3.03 plus background documentation
European Parliament committee to hold emergency session on the transfer of personal data to USA
The European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and rights is to hold an "extraordinary meeting" this evening (10 March) during the plenary session in Strasbourg to consider a report on the transfer of personal data on airline passengers to the USA.
Full-text of: Draft report
The draft report expresses concern that data could be passed on to other US databases, expresses doubt as to whether the data will be protected in an adequate way, criticises the European Commission for not submitting proposals to the parliament, "regrets that... this text lacks any legal basis but could be interpreted as an indirect invitation to national authorities to disregard Community law"
Documentation and analyses
1. Full-text of report for the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, 6.3.03: Text
2. How US Customs bounced the European Commission into a quick decision
3. Full-text: Mr Rodota's letter (pdf)
4. Full-text: European Commission/US Customs talks on PNR transmission, Brussels, 17/18 February: Joint Statement (html)
5. Statewatch report 27.2.03: EU Working Party report on passenger data access by USA
6. Full text of : Article 29 Data Protection Working Party: Opinion 6/2002 on transmission of Passenger Manifest Information and other data from Airlines to the United States, adopted 24 October 2002, doc no: 11647/02/EN, WP 66 (pdf).
7. Statewatch report 26.2.03: US Customs to have direct access to EU airlines reservations databases
8. Statewatch report 13.2.03: European Commission caves in to US demands for airline passenger lists
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