May 252011
 
 May 25, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Alan Travis reports:

The personal data of millions of passengers who fly between the US and Europe, including credit card details, phone numbers and home addresses, may be stored by the US department of homeland security for 15 years, according to a draft agreement between Washington and Brussels leaked to the Guardian.

The “restricted” draft, which emerged from negotiations between the US and EU, opens the way for passenger data provided to airlines on check-in to be analysed by US automated data-mining and profiling programmes in the name of fighting terrorism, crime and illegal migration. The Americans want to require airlines to supply passenger lists as near complete as possible 96 hours before takeoff, so names can be checked against terrorist and immigration watchlists.

More government over-reach/data grabbing. Where is there any empirical evidence that data over 10 years old has been key in thwarting any terrorist threat?

Enough of this mentality. I hope the EU says no and tells the U.S. that this is a deal-breaker.

Read more on The Guardian.

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