Monday, 26 January 2015

The Passenger Name Record proposal reloaded

In the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, anti-terror measures of all kinds have of course gained renewed momentum. In particular, the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Proposal will be once again under the attention of the European Parliament, whose Civil Liberties committee had already voted against it in 2013. The current climate makes the upcoming discussion much more topical, also due to the fact that, in the meantime, the ECJ has annulled the Data Retention Directive. According to the PNR proposal's rapporteur, Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), the EU rules are needed to prevent criminals exploiting gaps in the EU due to different national rules. 
The directive would make the collection of data concerning the identity of passengers flying to and from outside the EU (and possibly also within its borders) more widespread and systematic. 
More information on the proposal, the state of the debate and existing PNR agreements with third parties can be found on the EP's information page.

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