EU-USA: European Parliament press release: US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff debates data protection with MEPs

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Press release (pdf) - a better headline would be "US Secretary of Home Security tells the European Parliament to stop opposing US demands for personal data". According to reports the USA wants to hold personal data for longer than the three and a half years in the present agreement and to continue to have direct access ("pull system") to airline reservation computer systems in the EU (the EU side wants to change this to a "push"system whereby only relevant data/flights are sent to US agencies). During his appearance before the parliament's Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) he was asked:

"Are you willing to conclude an agreement ... that reflects the American as well as the EU legal principles and interests, instead of imposing unilaterally U.S. standards and wishes?" Dutch MEP Sofia in 't Veld asked Chertoff. "Do you recognise the extent of the damage that the US ' 'war on terror' has done to the fight against terrorism?" asked Sarah Ludford (ALDE, UK).

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