European Court of Justice Rules U.S.-EU Passenger Data Sharing Violates Privacy Rights

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
8
317
Abstract: 
On May 30, 2006, the European Court of Justice ruled that an agreement requiring European airlines to forward personal details of passengers on trans-Atlantic flights was invalid because it violates European Union privacy laws. The court set a September 30, 2006 deadline for the EU and the United States to find a satisfactory legal replacement for the Passenger, Name, Record (PNR) accord. The PNR agreement, which took 18 months to negotiate, was to run through 2007. It gave U.S. law enforcement authorities access to 34 categories of information about passengers on all flights from 25 EU members as passengers boarded in Europe.