EDPS is concerned about PNR proposal - 25 March 2010

On 25 March 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on a new Commission’s proposal to oblige airline carriers to provide EU Member States with personal data on passengers (Passenger Name Record - PNR) entering or departing from the EU for the purpose of fighting serious crime and terrorism. Such data may include, for example, home address, mobile phone number, frequent flyer information, email address and credit card information.

The EDPS acknowledges the data protection improvements brought to the present Proposal, compared to an earlier proposal adopted in 2007, and in particular the efforts to restrict the scope of the Proposal and the conditions for processing PNR data. The EDPS however recalls that the need to collect or store massive amounts of personal information must rely on a clear demonstration of the relationship between use and result (necessity principle).

Download the EDPS opinion and the press release

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