EU court scraps air data transfer to US

30th May 2006

Europe’s top court has scrapped an EU decision to approve the transfer of European airline passenger data to U.S. authorities.The court said it did not provide adequate privacy protection for European travellers.

Last year in an effort to fight terrorism, the European Commission and the U.S. agreed that authorised European airlines could turn over 34 pieces of information about each passenger, including name, address and credit card details, within 15 minutes of departure.

The European Court of Justice found that the data would not be “adequately protected” by the U.S.

Washington argues that the information is vital to combat what it calls terrorism, and warned that airlines would face fines and a loss of landing rights in they did not comply.


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