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A provisional agreement between the European Union and Canada on the transfer and retention of airline passengers data violates the privacy rights of EU citizens, a court adviser said.

The draft passenger name agreement (PNR) covers sharing information for the purposes of fighting terrorism and serious crime. An eventual European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that the EU-Canada PNR agreement doesn't respect EU privacy rights may have implications for similar agreements between the EU and the U.S. and EU and Australia. A similar EU-Mexico agreement is under negotiation. A negative ruling might also call into question the EU's internal PNR directive requiring passenger data sharing among the EU countries.

Although ECJ Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi advised that the EU-Canada agreement is deficient, he said that PNR agreements between the EU and third countries could go forward so long as a series of precise privacy safeguards are respected.

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