European Commission wants to keep limits on US use of passenger data James M Yoch Jr at 3:34 PM ET
[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] said Monday that it will seek to keep restrictions on the US government's use of EU airline passenger information in the new agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) [official website] and the United States. An interim agreement [JURIST report] signed in October 2006 and expiring in July 2007 gives the US access to passenger record data - including names, addresses, telephone numbers and credit card details - from European airlines conducting transatlantic flights. In talks [AP report] last week with German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [official profile], US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [White House profile] emphasized the importance of the data in preventing terrorism and asserted that the US desired more flexibility in the use of the information, which, in its current form [BBC Q&A; DHS press release], limits its use and the amount of time it can be retained and requires the US to affirmatively request the data.
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