Monday, January 15, 2007

EU officials OK US ATS data sharing

According to the Washington Post at least one EU official has declared that they are satisfied with US government assurances that the 'Automated Targeting System' for risk-assessing air passengers travelling to and from the US meets EU privacy requirements.

"But in a letter to the chief privacy officials of 27 countries, the American Civil Liberties Union and London-based Privacy International said the Automated Targeting System violated the October data-sharing accord, U.S. law and European data-protection laws.

The system's creation of terrorist risk assessments on all passengers, the storing of profiles for as long as 40 years, and the fact that passengers have no right to see, modify or correct the information violates the agreement, the groups said."

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