Today, the European Parliament adopted a joint resolution pledging to proceed speedily towards the adoption of various anti-terrorism measures. In this context, as we noticed earlier, also the proposal for a Passenger Name Record directive is again on the table. To this regard, the Parliament insists on the need to adopt a comprehensive and possibly consistent framework on data protection.
Important steps in order to match anti-terrorism efforts and a reasonable protection of citizens' privacy include encouraging Member States to make progress on the Data Protection Package and, importantly assessing the consequences of the EU Court of Justice’s annulment of the Data Retention Directive. To this end, the Parliament hopes that the Commission will seek independent experts' views on the "necessity and proportionality" of the PNR proposal