US passenger data deal is worth supporting
LibDem European justice & human rights spokeswoman Sarah Ludford MEP will today vote in favour of the agreement on transfer and use of air passenger data to the US designed to help combat terrorism and serious transnational crime. She said:
"This agreement is not perfect. But it's a great deal better than the existing framework and, crucially, than any of the alternatives. There is no chance of the US improving their offer."
"If MEPs reject this deal it creates legal uncertainty, deprives us of any platform on which to build a better agreement, and leaves the field open to weaker bilateral accords which the EU will not be able to control."
"I believe that the European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom - a Liberal - has secured important improvements in data protection guarantees. I'm also encouraged by her strong commitment to review and monitor the agreement and if necessary call time on the Americans if they breach the safeguards."
"I am aware that a significant number of my Liberal group colleagues will join me in supporting a vote in favour."