EU-USA-PNR: UK House of Lords' European Union Committee Newsletter (6 December 2011)


EU-USA-PNR: UK House of Lords' European Union Committee Newsletter (6 December 2011):

"The EU has entered into three consecutive agreements with the US on the use and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to the US Department of Homeland Security for use in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. PNR data are a vital element in that fight, but inevitably this raises serious data protection issues. The EU has this year been negotiating a fourth agreement with the US, intended to have a higher degree of permanence. The Sub-Committee has seen it in draft and commented on it. A final text – or what is intended to be a final text – has now been agreed and deposited for scrutiny in the hope that it can be signed and concluded by the Council on 13 December. The Government has left very little time for scrutiny by national parliaments, and the consent of the European Parliament cannot be taken for granted." (emphasis added)

 

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