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    Australia, EU Finalize Passenger Data Agreement

    Nov 16, 2011
    According to the Australian Embassy’s website, Australia’s ambassador to the EU, Brendan Nelson, M.D., and Poland’s ambassador to the EU and chairman of the EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee, Jan Tombinski, signed the "Agreement between the EU and Australia on the processing and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data" in September.

    According to the Australian Embassy’s website, Australia’s ambassador to the EU, Brendan Nelson, M.D., and Poland’s ambassador to the EU and chairman of the EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee, Jan Tombinski, signed the "Agreement between the EU and Australia on the processing and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data" in September.

    The embassy announced that the agreement strengthens Australia's commitment to respect the privacy of personal data and allows air carriers to transfer European-sourced PNR to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. It noted that PNR data is an important element in the Australian government's measures to combat terrorism and transnational crime.

    The agreement requires parliamentary approval on both sides before it can enter into force.

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