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Statement by Deputy Secretary Lute on Initialing of US-EU PNR Agreement

Release Date: 
November 17, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and lead negotiator for the United States government Jane Holl Lute issued the following statement upon initialing an agreement between the United States and the European Union on the transfer and future sharing of Passenger Name Records (PNR).

“This agreement demonstrates how the United States is working with the European Union to fight terrorism and transnational threats, while respecting our commitment to civil liberties and privacy. For the first time, all of our commitments on PNR have been incorporated into a single agreement that helps ensure the safety and security of the traveling public while providing legal certainty for airlines and assuring travelers that their privacy will be protected.”

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