The Data Protection News

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

US Department of Homeland Security on PNR judgment

EU and US officials say they are confident a solution can be found to enable the data transfers to continue.

Stewart Baker, an assistant secretary of state for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: "I am confident that we will find a solution that will keep the data flowing and the planes flying."
In Washington, Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said that privacy was not really the issue, because his department could obtain the same information by questioning the passengers on arrival, but that security was strengthened by having it provided in advance.
For now, he said, "the planes will continue to fly and the security data will continue to be exchanged," adding, "There won't be any lowering of the data protection standards or effect on passengers or disruption to air traffic in the near term."


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