Posted November 11, 2016

VDR Petitions German Cartel Office To Review Prism And IATA Data Disclosures

German travel manager's association VDR submitted a formal petition to the country's federal cartel office alleging that data consolidators Prism and the International Air Transport Association "violate data protection and competition regulations in disclosing corporate data when booking flights," according to a VDR statement. Read More »
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Posted February 11, 2016

As U.S. And EU Negotiate New Data Protection Pact, Compliance Questions Linger

German travel managers’ association VDR is advising members to ensure that personal data sent to the United States by travel service providers is covered by European Union standard contractual clauses or binding corporate rules. The advice comes as EU and U.S. negotiators continue to thrash out a new agreement on data protection. Last week, the two sides announced they are creating a framework dubbed Privacy Shield to replace the less stringent Safe Harbor protections the European Court of Justice invalidated in October. Read More »
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Posted October 7, 2015

European Court Decision Poses Data Challenges For U.S. Service Providers

Following a landmark Oct. 6 ruling by the EU’s highest legal authority, multinational travel service providers that house data in the United States are facing a supersize data management problem related to European Union-based customers. Under the Safe Harbor agreement, U.S. companies have self-audited their adherence to the EU’s stricter data privacy standards since 2000, but the European Court of Justice has ruled that agreement invalid. As an example of the battles ahead, German travel buyer's association VDR said its members need to reexamine contracts with all service providers to verify whether personal employees' data is adequately protected. VDR also suggested that service providers move data storage for EU-based customers to the EU. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2015

VDR Poll: 70 Percent Of German Buyers Could Book Away From Lufthansa

German travel managers’ association VDR has told Lufthansa Group 70 percent of its members could book away from the airline group if it introduces its controversial €16 surcharge in its proposed form and without an acceptable distribution alternative. Read More »
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Posted April 16, 2014

Airlines' Use Of Prism Continues Stirring Controversy In Europe

At its spring conference in Berlin this month, German travel managers' association VDR bestowed on Prism Group a distinction that the U.S.-based travel data consolidation specialist neither sought nor welcomed. Awarded annually for the greatest business travel annoyance, VDR's "Return To Sender" recognition for 2013 went to all airlines requiring corporate customers to submit booking data through Prism if they wish to receive the best possible discount offers. Read More »
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Posted January 19, 2012

Airberlin To Add Credit Card Surcharge

Airberlin, Germany's second-largest airline, on Feb. 1 will introduce a per-ticket fee on many travel agency bookings through global distribution systems that are paid for by credit card, an airline spokesperson confirmed. Read More »
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Posted January 7, 2010 - New York City

Germans Spurn NBTA Europe

Wasting no time to oppose the new NBTA Europe organization announced Wednesday, Germany's VDR business travel association said it declined to participate and would not only continue to support the predecessor Paragon group, but also possibly form a new German-speaking business travel confederation.

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