European Commission caves in to US demands for airline and shipping passenger lists

The European Commission has caved in to US demands that all airlines flying from the EU have to provide passenger details from 5 March 2003. The "deal" was agreed between the US Deputy Customs Commissioner, Douglas Browning and Commission officials on Wednesday 19 February. A Commission official said that: "We think that assurances given by the USA are sufficient on law".

This is a so-called "transitional system" which at some point in the future will be replaced by formal legislation.

See major updates on 27 February and 3 March 2003:
1. US Customs to have direct access to EU airline reservation databases
2. EU Working Party on data protection findings on proposal
3. see also (3.3.03): EU data protection chair calls for US access to passenger details to be postponed: Report


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