US and EU once again are set to take up the contentious issue of Passenger Name Record data transfer this month ahead of the July 31 expiration of a temporary agreement permitting the US to continue to require EU member airlines to supply PNR data to the US. The interim agreement is similar to one that expired last September, having been ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice in May 2006 (ATWOnline, Dec. 15, 2006). As the two sides begin talks, a satisfactory alternative may be ...

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