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EU-US Passenger Data Transfer Deal Annulled by European Court (May 30, 2006)

In a long awaited decision from the European Court of Justice, the deal between the EU and the US to transfer passenger reservation data from EU carriers to the US Department of Homeland Security is to be annulled as of September 30, 2006.

The decision rejects the legal basis for the agreement, but it may be a pyrrhic victory because the decision focused only on whether the European Commission and the
Council had legal authority to complete such an agreement. As a result, governments may tweak the arrangements sufficiently to continue to permit the transfer of this data.

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EU Passes Data Retention Law (Dec. 14, 2005)

A new European Directive, which allows for the retention of data stemming from telecommunications traffic, was adopted by the European Parliament on 14th December 2005. The Directive is wholly incompatible with the European Union's privacy protection regime in that it allows access to an individual's communications history guided by vague and undefined provisions. 

Despite the broad implications of and sweeping powers contained within the data retention provision, the Directive was rushed through the Parliamentary process (at the instigation of the UK Government, which is currently chairing the Council of Ministers) without due conisderation or debate 

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Privacy International, Other Groups Call on European Parliament to Reject Data Retention (Dec. 6, 2005)

In a an open letter to the European Parliament, Privacy International and 72 other groups from around the world called for rejection of a Data Retention proposal scheduled to come to a vote Dec. 12.

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EU Advised to End Airline Data Deal (Nov. 21, 2005)

An advisor to the European Court of Justice has found that a deal betwen the United States and the EU on the sharing of airline passenger data violates European law. The deal, which was pushed by the United States, has been enforced since May 2004 and enables the exchange of information regarding airline passengers to be retained and shared between the two jurisdictions.  However, the deal was challenged in the Court of Justice by the European Parliament.  

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Privacy Commissioners Pass Important New Resolutions (Sept. 16, 2005)

Privacy Commissioners from around the world have adopted an important new declaration in which they call not only for the spread of privacy principles around the world, but also for cooperation with NGOs around the world, for efforts at increasing the sharing of information on international policies, and for intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) to comply with such principles and to appoint privacy officers,

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