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Secret EU/US PNR agreement flies in the face of data protection principles

Discussing the EU/USA negotiations on ‘passenger name records’, back in March I concluded:

My bet is that there will be a lot of huffing and puffing, and pretending to get what we (the European citizen) wants; but America will eventually get all that it seeks simply because it is America and is supported (through national interest) by most of the individual national governments in Europe. We will be told by the Vice-President of the European Commission that our personal data is protected – but it won’t be.
EU-US Negotiations on an agreement to protect personal information exchanged in the context of fighting crime and terrorism…

Today we learn from a document leaked to the Guardian

The personal data of millions of passengers who fly between the US and Europe, including credit card details, phone numbers and home addresses, may be stored by the US department of homeland security for 15 years, according to a draft agreement between Washington and Brussels leaked to the Guardian.
US to store passenger data for 15 years

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Click the image to read the leaked document at the Guardian...

It’s not this agreement that surprises me. What surprises me is that anyone still believes the word of such an undemocratic, autocratic, secretive, misleading, authoritarian, double-talking, self-seeking organisation as the EU. I have said it before and I will say it again: it is time for the UK (and any other European ex-nation that values its freedom) to leave the European Union.

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