"Under the proposal of the Commission, the draft mandate includes significant further data protection guarantees such as a strict counter-terrorism purpose limitation, an absolute prohibition on transfers of bulk data to third countries (only leads can be transferred)," states the release. Further, it notes, " In line with EU law, the mandate proposes a general maximum data retention period of 5 years."
As background, the release notes, "At the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council of February 25, 2010, there was general agreement among Member States that there is a pressing need to put in place a new EU-US TFTP Agreement to maintain this valuable counter-terrorism program, after the refusal of the European Parliament to consent to the TFTP Interim Agreement, on February 11."
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