Tuesday, May 30, 2006

European Court Bars Passing Passenger Data to U.S. - New York Times

European Court Bars Passing Passenger Data to U.S. - New York Times:
Opponents cited Congressional testimony in February by the director of the federal Transportation Security Administration, Kip Hawley, who said his agency could not yet guarantee that the privacy of passengers' personal information was fully protected and announced an audit of its system for screening passenger information against a terrorist watch list.

Sophie in 't Veld, a Dutch member of the European Union Parliament and a vocal opponent of passenger data transfers, added that the first evaluation of the agreement's effectiveness in fighting terrorism was completed in March of this year but that the report has been kept confidential by mutual agreement of the union and United States.

'The one question that has never been answered is, does it actually work?' said Ms. in 't Veld. 'How many terrorists did they catch? How many international criminals? How many attacks did they prevent? And how many mistakes were made? We do not know because this information has never been made public. It is outrageous.'
Looks like the Left on this side of The Pond aren't the only ones concerned about how DHS does business. I especially like the point the Dutch woman makes about effectiveness and secrecy.
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