As it prepares for divorce from the European Union, the U.K. no doubt has bigger priorities than to iron out its governing regulations for airline distribution and global distribution systems. Opting to maintain the status quo, the U.K. has chosen to adopt, upon its March 29 exit from the EU, the European Commission's decade-old computer reservations system code of conduct.
A European trade body that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies filed a complaint Thursday with a European watchdog. It alleges that authorities failed to adequately investigate Lufthansa Group's 16 euro global distribution system surcharge and to enforce European Union regulations.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, and its writ extends globally to any business handling the personal data of EU citizens. As in other commercial sectors, companies in corporate travel are trying to understand the precise implications for how they operate, how they must comply, the cost of compliance and whether they even need to take notice.
The future of standard contractual clauses, a mechanism heavily used by travel service providers and other companies to lawfully transfer European Union citizens’ data to the U.S. and other countries, has been thrown into question after a ruling by the Irish High Court. The court decided Oct. 3 to ask the European Court of Justice to review whether these clauses are valid, considering the U.S. government's less stringent treatment of personal data.
BCD Travel is rolling out SAP Customer Data Cloud as the technological foundation for traveler identity management, consent management and profile management, BCD announced Wednesday.
American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday.
More than half a dozen travel management companies have certified under the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield framework since the program went live last summer.
Each of the three major global distribution system operators during the past week have reaffirmed their 2016 outlooks in the wake of the United Kingdom's referendum to leave the European Union.
Keeping compliant with the European Union's tough personal data privacy laws used to be straightforward. The EU exercises stricter data privacy laws than the United States. That's why it also has rules ensuring that transfers of data about its citizens across the Atlantic must comply with its more stringent standards. Meanwhile, many of the corporate travel industry's dominant service providers, and thus their primary data servers, are based in the United States. They import data about individuals—including names, employers, where the employees travel and credit card details—from Europe on a daily basis, and under a framework called Safe Harbor, U.S. companies could declare they transferred data in a compliant manner.
Travel management company World Travel has become the first business in the travel sector to appear on the U.S. government's list of companies that have joined the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. U.S. companies adhering to Privacy Shield self-certify they are transferring personal data of European Union citizens to the United States in compliance with EU law. The European Commission approved the framework on July 12. It succeeds Safe Harbor, which the European Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015.