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Russia agrees to share airline passenger data with US minister

6 January 2007

Russia and the United States have agreed in principle to share data on airline passengers travelling to and from the two countries starting this year, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said in an interview broadcast here Saturday.

We made this step, aware of the United States’ air traffic security concerns, and we reached an agreement under which the US aviation authorities will inform us about passengers flying to Moscow or other places in Russia,” Levitin told Russia’s local television news network.

Under current Russian legislation, airline passenger data is confidential and may not be disseminated outside Russia. Levitin said however that a bill to modify that legislation would be submitted to the Russian parliament later this month.

source: The News

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