01 February 2007

EU concern at US data transfers

Euro MPs have expressed concern at the way the US is gathering information from EU citizens that may be used in identifying terrorism suspects. The EU justice commissioner told MEPs that banks in several EU countries were unaware details of transactions were going to the US treasury. Franco Frattini also said negotiations over a new EU-US deal on air passenger data would be "a real challenge". The US has had access to data about European air passengers since 2004.