US official hails deal on airline passenger data

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October 17, 2006 12:59

 
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A deal allowing disclosure of information about travelers on trans-Atlantic flights from the European Union for the United States may serve as a model for nations around the world, a senior US official said Tuesday. Stewart Baker, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hailed this month's landmark accord between Brussels and Washington. The agreement, reached after months of wrangling over privacy rights, gives American law enforcement agencies continued access to passenger data on US-bound flights. "There is a new appreciation in Europe of the risks of terrorism," Baker said. "Earlier assumptions that the US is all about security and that Europe is all about data protection are no longer valid."

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