US, EU reach new interim agreement on passenger data-sharing

[JURIST] US and European negotiators reached an interim agreement Wednesday on how trans-Atlantic airline passenger data-sharing [JURIST news archive] will be conducted, essentially modifying and renewing an existing interim agreement [JURIST report] which is set to expire at the end of July. According to German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [official website, in German], the new agreement will reduce the current 34 pieces of passenger data to around 20 pieces of information, but will allow US Customs and Border Protection [official website] to hold the data for a longer period of time.

The new temporary agreement, which must be approved by all 27 EU member states, will allow US and EU negotiators to continue to work towards a permanent arrangement. Last May, the European Court of Justice struck down [JURIST report] an agreement [PDF text] between US the EU, finding that the European Commission's finding [decision, PDF] that the US had adequate security measures to protect the data was without legal basis. AP has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.