Czech government accepts the new PNR agreement with reservations

1. 8. 2007 | 13:03

On the 18 July 2007, the Czech government approved, with signficant reservations, the new PNR agreement prepared by the European Commission with the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS). During the short period of consultations among the Czech authorities and politicians on the new agreement, the Czech Data Protection Authority stated that the current proposal deteriorated the level of protection of personal data. The Czech Data Protection Authority however did not clearly oppose the new agreement. Following the EDRi-member Iuridicum Remedium lobbing activities, the Green Party MP Katerina Jacques took up the position of the privacy activists group and pushed for stricter and more binding assurances to protect data of the citizens in relation to the new agreement. Responding to this opposition, the Czech Ministry of Foreign affairs adopted the following position: "The Czech Republic will keep the reservation that would allow the National Parliament of the Czech Republic to scrutinize thoroughly the text of the Agreement with a special attention to guarantees of the appropriate level of Personal Data Protection of the EU Citizens." The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, will present the unilateral Czech declaration to the agreement at the next session of GAERC, and the same declaration was presented by the Czech deputy at the session of COREPER II on 19 July 2007. Czech Government Declaration to the US-EU PNR Agreement (19.07.2007) http://www.edri.org/docs/CZ_Declaration_PNR.pdf PNR - Wrong agreement succeeded so far (in Czech only, 20.07.2007) http://www.slidilove.cz/kampane/pnr.html EDRI-gram: PNR deal ratification postponed by the Czech Senate (9.05.2007) http://www.edri.org/edrigram/number5.9/pnr-czech-republic Observatory on the exchange of data on passengers (PNR) with USA http://www.statewatch.org/pnrobservatory.htm (Thanks to Marek Tichy - EDRI-member Iuridicum Remedium, Czech Republic)

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