Lawyers for the European Commission claim a proposed deal between the U.S. and the EU allowing America to store the personal data of millions of transatlantic passengers is illegal. That's according to a report in the UK's Guardian newspaper. The U.S. wants access to credit card details, phone numbers and home addresses of European passengers as part of its anti-terror measures.
The proposed deal is one-sided as it would give the United States benefits other countries do not enjoy, believes Gerard Batten, MEP, from the UK Independence Party.
“Everything with the US seems to be a one-way street and the same with our extradition treaty with the US and the UK. They can take our citizen very easily, but we cannot do the same things against them. They are protected by their own courts,” he said.
“In terms of this information, Americans get to keep it for 15 years. My understanding of this directive is that the member states will only get to keep it for five years,” Batten added. “I think it is bad enough having your own “Big Brother” state created in the European Union, without being subjugated to an American “Big Brother” state as well by the same method.”