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Homeland Security, Information Policy, and the Transatlantic Alliance


Stewart A. Baker


Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Nathan Alexander Sales


Syracuse University College of Law

March 17, 2009

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-20

Abstract:     
This short essay uses a recent case study - the controversy surrounding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's access to European airline reservation data - as a vehicle for exploring the European Union's new enthusiasm for projecting its data-privacy values globally. We begin by discussing how DHS uses passenger name records, or "PNR," to detect potential terrorist operatives. We then examine the legal authorities under which passenger data is collected and used, including domestic constitutional and statutory norms as well as principles of international law. Next, the essay discusses the hostile response of some EU policymakers to DHS's use of reservation data, and offers possible explanations for their efforts to apply European data-privacy principles to American national-security initiatives. Finally, we propose solutions to transatlantic conflicts that will help preserve both individual privacy and national autonomy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: ATS, al Qaeda, Automated Targeting System, counterterrorism, Fourth Amendment, frequent flyer number, Iraq, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Markle Foundation report, no fly list, passport, scrutiny, search and seizure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

JEL Classification: F50, F51, F52, F53, H50, H56, K33, K42, O33, O38, P13, R40

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Date posted: March 18, 2009  

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Baker, Stewart A. and Sales, Nathan Alexander, Homeland Security, Information Policy, and the Transatlantic Alliance (March 17, 2009). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-20. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1361943 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1361943

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Stewart A. Baker
Steptoe & Johnson LLP ( email )
1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States
202-429-6402 (Phone)
Nathan Alexander Sales (Contact Author)
Syracuse University College of Law ( email )
Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States
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