The European Commission is focused on strengthening privacy rules for the sharing of air travelers' personal information with the U.S., Australia and Canada, EUobserver reports, and to limit the use of such data "exclusively to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime." New agreements are set to be negotiated with the three countries to replace those that have been deemed to lack appropriate privacy safeguards by the European Parliament. "PNR transfers have been going on for 60 years," said European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, noting, "carriers are obliged to do it, otherwise they can't land. But we want legal clarity for passengers and to embed it with as many data protection provisions as possible."
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