European Parliament: EP calls for new standards for use of air passenger data

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EP calls for new standards for use of air passenger data: "I am pleased the resolution got such a huge majority; I am convinced such a strong statement by Parliament will be helpful for the EU negotiations." said Sophie in't Veld (Dutch, D66), ALDE vice president of the Civil Liberties Committee and rapporteur for the resolution on the agreements with the US and Australia on the transfer of PNR (Passenger Name Record) data, voted today by the European Parliament. Parliament decided to postpone the vote on these agreements until the use of PNR is clarified with respect to EU law and EP concerns about privacy, proportionality and redress.

"Parliament is using its new powers to strengthen legal protection for European citizens. Indeed with today's result the EP is postponing its vote until the Commission presents a more coherent approach. In an era of unprecedented mobility and communication new instruments are needed to fight cross border crime. But the warrantless use of massive amounts of personal data requires cast iron guarantees of data protection and civil rights." in't Veld added.

"It is now for the European Commission and Council to negotiate new international agreements and draft a new EU PNR scheme. At the end of the procedure, Parliament will assess these proposals against the conditions set in today's resolution, when considering whether or not to give its consent." she concluded.

See: Resolution of 5 May 2010 on the launch of negotiations for Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreements with the United States, Australia and Canada (link)

And: Resolution of 5 May 2010 on the Recommendation from the Commission to the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations for an agreement between the European Union and the United States of America to make available to the United States Treasury Department financial messaging data to prevent and combat terrorism and terrorist financing (link)

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