EU-US data deal is ruled illegal

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The European Court of Justice has blocked a controversial deal that required European airlines to provide wide-ranging passenger data to the US authorities.

30 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — The European Court of Justice has blocked a controversial deal that required European airlines to provide wide-ranging passenger data to the US authorities.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg said the deal agreed by EU governments and the European Commission in May 2004 was illegal as it was "founded on an inappropriate legal basis".

Washington said the measure was necessary to prevent acts of terrorism in light of the September 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. MEPs in the European Parliament had opposed the agreement on privacy grounds.

The European Data Protection Supervisor in its first such intervention took the case before parliament and asked the court to annul the deal.

Under the agreement, European airlines were required to provide the US authorities with 34 items of information about each passenger within 15 minutes of a plane taking off for America.

Washington had threatened heavy fines and to deny landing rights to carriers that failed to comply.

The ECJ gave European countries until 30 September 2006 to find a new legal solution.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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