EU to give U.S. more details on passengers

Published October 7, 2006

PARIS - European officials agreed Friday to grant more U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies easier access to detailed personal data on all trans-Atlantic air passengers, despite concerns over individual privacy and fears that the information could be misused.

The new agreement between the United States and the European Union provides for passengers' names, credit card numbers and other personal information to be passed to the Department of Homeland Security. The CIA and other intelligence agencies will not automatically receive the details on every passenger, but can obtain information on a case-by-case basis, officials said.

Under a previous agreement, the information was provided only to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, one part of DHS.

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