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

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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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