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EU nations seeking to overcome passenger privacy hurdles in anti-terror fight

  • ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt, center, EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove, 2nd right, and Public Policy manager of Google Verity Harding attend a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on a counter-terrorism action plan, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt, center, EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove, 2nd right, and Public Policy manager of Google Verity Harding attend a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on a counter-terrorism action plan, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt, left, talks with EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove, center, as Dutch Member of European Parliament Sophie in't Veld, background left, and Public Policy manager of Google Verity Harding arrive for a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on a counter-terrorism action plan, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt, left, talks with EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove, center, as Dutch Member of European Parliament Sophie in't Veld, background left, and Public Policy manager of Google Verity Harding arrive for a meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on a counter-terrorism action plan, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq.

Spurred by the terror attacks in France, EU interior and justice ministers will address the long-standing debate over how to process sensitive travel information at a two-day meeting starting Thursday in Riga, Latvia.

The EU has so-called Passenger Name Record deals with the United States, Canada and Australia, but in four years of political wrangling has failed to agree on a system for sharing data among its own member countries.