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EU plans to pool airline passenger data

The proposed law would force carriers to provide EU member-state governments with data about passengers on flights

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The European Parliament said earlier this week it would attempt to draft up legislation requiring airlines to give national governments in Europe information on passengers, after renewed terrorism concerns in the wake of the attacks in Paris last month.

The proposed law, which has been on the books since 2011 and was rejected in 2013 due to data protection concerns, would force carriers to provide EU member-state governments with data about passengers on flights to and from the bloc – including seat numbers, reservation dates, payment methods and itinerary, Bloomberg News reported.

The resolution to finish the legislation, known as a directive, was passed in the Strasbourg, France parliament on Tuesday.

However, the parliament’s socialist, liberal and green members opposed the measures.

Planned to span across Europe, the directive would be similar to the system used by the United States after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks.

The draft directive would need the support of EU governments to become enshrined in law. Differences with governments and the bloc’s parliament would need to be smoothed out after negotiations, according to Bloomberg News.