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US seeks data deal by year's end

  • How much governments can check out who checks in, continues to split the EU and US (Photo: European Commission)

The US government has said that it expects to see an agreement with the EU on the controversial transfer of passenger data, by the end of this year.

Speaking to journalists in Brussels yesterday (23 September), the US Homeland Security undersecretary, Asa Hutchinson acknowledged that European concerns on the transfer of sensitive passenger data, from airlines to the US authorities were "legitimately expressed".

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"We are looking for a practical solution", Mr Hutchinson told reporters, noting after talks with EU representatives that a solution was "very close".

The EU has created a loop-hole in its laws so that European airlines are not put in the impossible situation of being stuck between EU law and the prospect of being banned from landing in the United States.

The European Commission has indicated that the status quo is untenable in the mid- to long-term.

Despite Mr Hutchinson's upbeat tone only little concrete progress appears to have been made.

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