Nov 182011
 
 November 18, 2011  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jennifer Baker reports:

A leading Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has said that she will not be silenced on the shortcomings of a new deal to pass European airline travelers’ information to the United States.

Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie In’t Veld made the comments on Friday after the European Commission issued a press release extolling the virtues of the Passenger Name Register (PNR) agreement. Parliamentarians have been banned from talking about the content of the deal or making notes on the document and may only read it in a “sealed room.”

In’t Veld believes this is ridiculous. “This is highly unfortunate. MEPs can read it, but citizens should also have access to what is decided about their rights. I don’t feel particularly bound to any confidentiality, especially as the Commission has been making public statements, why should I be quiet about it? The whole situation is not very confidence inspiring,” she said.

Read more on TechWorld and a huge thumbs up to Ms In’t Veld.

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