U.S. tries to strong-arm Europe into making its citizens’ data available

October 9, 2010

Spiegel Online has published two articles in the past week on the tension between the EU and US in response to US demands for personal information:

New US Demands for Information Angers European Parliament begins:

US officials are demanding access to additional European police databases in their hunt for potential terrorists traveling to the US. The demands include DNA samples, fingerprints, access to criminal registers and other information. The request is being opposed by members of the European Parliament.

Under massive pressure from the United States government, European Union member states are moving to provide American security officials with access to data in European police databases. Last week, Austria gave in to pressure from Washington to provide access to data including DNA samples, criminal registries and fingerprints.

Without the data exchange, the US ambassador in Vienna made clear to the Austrian chancellor’s office that Washington would quickly remove Austria from the list of countries that enjoy a visa waver for travel to the United States. Other countries, including Germany, had already quietly acquiesced to Washington’s firm wishes.

Washington is also demanding that its anti-terror officials be allowed to analyze cross-border payment transactions and all available date on individuals traveling to the US.

The second article, European Parliament Balks at US Data Deals, begins:

Representatives of US security agencies want further concessions from the EU to ensure free access to police computers, bank transfers and airline passenger data in the fight against terror. But members of the European Parliament have said they will resist the moves.

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