Nov 28 2011

Revised EU-US agreement on PNR data still protects only travel companies, not travelers

On November 17, 2011, US and European Union officials initialed a renegotiated proposed agreement (original English version; official German translation; official French translation) to authorize airlines to forward PNR data (travel reservations) to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As an executive agreement, not a treaty, it doesn’t require any further US approval, but it does require ratification by both by Council of the EU (national governments of EU members) and the European Parliament.

The US is mounting an exceptionally intense high-level lobbying and public propaganda campaign on this issue in Brussels. But despite the importance of the issue, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have only been allowed to read the proposed agreement in a sealed room, and have been forbidden to take written notes or speak publicly about what the revised proposal says.

To facilitate informed public debate, we are publishing the full text of the proposed agreement in English, German, and French. This is the final version as initialed, on which the Council and Parliament will be voting, possibly as soon as the end of this year.

The latest version of the EU-US agreement on PNR transfers to the DHS fixes none of the fundamental problems we and the European Parliament have identified in previous drafts, as discussed in our previous articles, our FAQ about the previous version of the proposal, and our recent presentations to MEPs:

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