EU parliament panel OKs US passenger data deal

A key European committee approved a new data agreement Tuesday with the United States that tightens restrictions on sharing information about passengers flying from Europe to America.

The accord, aimed at combating terrorism and serious transnational crime, addresses European privacy concerns, setting limits on what data can be used for by U.S. authorities and adding stronger data protection guarantees, the EU said.

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee voted 31-23 in favor of the accord, meaning it's likely to be endorsed by lawmakers next month, said Natalie Dasilva, the panel's spokeswoman.

It replaces an agreement from 2007 that EU lawmakers had criticized as being too lax and allowing U.S. authorities too much access to the private data of EU citizens.


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