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WAR ON TERROR : EU & US

Rules on privacy laws

 

The deal with the transatlantic powers end in July
ATUL BHARADWAJ | Issue Dated: July 15, 2007
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Rules on privacy laws When it comes to “War on Terror” (WOT), the US always manages to extract concessions from the European Union. Late last year, when the protests in EU related to the “rendition flights” (secret CIA flights which carried alleged terrorists to torture prisons in Africa, using the British airports for “refuelling stops and layovers”) was picking up momentum, the US silenced the critics by hobnobbing with Germany. “And now once again using WOT as the pretext the US has been able to persuade EU to circumvent its privacy law requirements and share crucial data about EU passengers entering the US through the aerial route” said Pervaiz Alam, former BBC World Service journalist, while talking to TSI.

In the wake of 9/11 attacks on the US, the EU had agreed in 2003 to share 34 types of information about the passengers beginning their journey from the EU airports. However, since the exclusive agreement with US contravened the EU data privacy laws, in 2006, the European court of Justice had declared the agreement invalid. The court orders led an interim deal to take shape between the transatlantic powers. This deal is slated to expire by end July. It is reported that an agreement in principle (involving the European Union Justice and Security Commissioner, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff) has been arrived at. According to the deal the US will be permitted to hold confidential information for a period of 15 years
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