The European Union's new
justice chief said Thursday that she is not convinced that European
governments' transfer of personal banking data to US authorities is
necessary or effective in the fight against terrorism.
EU must this year renegotiate a controversial agreement to hand over
huge amounts of information on Europeans' banking transactions that the
US says has given it some key leads in terrorist
Reding, who will become the EU's justice commissioner next month, also
criticized moves to use body scanners more widely at airports, saying
they could invade personal privacy and were not proven to be useful or
safe for personal health.
She called for a full impact assessment
on their use, saying she could not imagine "this privacy intrusive
technology being imposed on us" otherwise.