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 March 9, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have been asked not to torpedo a long-standing agreement on sending air passengers’ personal details to US authorities to leave time for a new deal to be negotiated.

Passenger name records (PNR) are sets of 19 pieces of information that US authorities demand on every air traveller entering that country. Originally collected for commercial reasons, the details have been used for security and crime purposes since terrorist attacks in the US in 2001.

A 2007 deal on PNR data transfers agreed by ministers on the EU Council was only provisional and the coming into effect of the Lisbon Treaty late last year means that to continue the deal now needs the approval of the European Parliament.

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