Friday, July 27, 2007

The United States and the European Union Sign Agreement for Passenger Name Record Data Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an agreement with the European Union (EU) that will allow the Department of Homeland Security to continue using Passenger Name Record (PNR) data as "an essential screening tool for detecting potentially dangerous transatlantic travelers." The 2007 PNR Agreement allows the DHS to collect 19 types of PNR data. This data will be kept in an active file for seven years, and in a dormant file for eight additional years. PNR data includes names, addresses, credit card information, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, itineraries, and hotel and rental car reservations.

Read the statement by Homeland Security Michael Chertoff about the agreement here. Read about the May 2004 International Agreement on transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) here.

Want more information about the agreement? Check out the Washington Post's Travelers Face Greater Use of Personal Data: Pact Covers Passengers Flying From Europe to U.S., and US, EU Sign Deal on Air Passenger Data from the New York Times.

Want more information? Check out the library's guides on European Union Resources, Homeland Security, Travel Information, and the War Against Terrorism.

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