EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Transfer of Passenger Name Records

The European Commission has proposed a Passenger Name Record Directive that would require airlines to provide EU Member States with data on passengers arriving from, or departing to, countries outside the EU. Under the proposal, copies of such PNR data held on an airline’s reservation system would be transferred to a dedicated “Passenger Information Unit” in the Member State of arrival or departure, for the purpose of fighting serious crime and terrorism. The Passenger Information Unit would be an authority (or a branch of an authority) with responsibility for preventing, detecting, investigating or prosecuting such offences. The Directive would also require the Commission to undertake a study on applying these PNR transfer requirements to internal EU flights.

Statewatch analysis here.

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