April 2, 2015 · Blogs

“We still need to watch you, really”: PNR back in the Parliament

Despite the decision of the European Parliament to refer the EU-Canada PNR agreement to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in December 2014, the urge to keep increasing surveillance citizens’ movements across Europe seems to be irrepressible. Timothy Kirkhope, Rapporteur (MEP in charge) of the Fight against terrorism and serious crime: use […]

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July 26, 2017 · Blogs

PNR: EU Court rules that draft EU/Canada air passenger data deal is unacceptable

Today, on 26 July 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the EU/Canada deal on collection of air travellers’ data and sharing it breaches European law. This is the third time that the European Court has ruled against arrangements for mandatory storage of personal data. This is good news for […]

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February 9, 2011

Commission's proposal for PNR Directive fails to impress MEPs

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Kommissionsvorschlag zu Passagierdaten kann Europaabgeordnete nicht beeindrucken | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.3_Kommissionsvorschlag_zu_PNR_Richtlinie] On 2 February 2011, the European Commission released its proposal for a directive on the use of Passenger Name Records. This would require airlines flying into and out of the EU to give travellers’ personal information to national authorities […]

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September 12, 2007

US gains new advantages in the EU-USA PNR agreement

In some recently published documents, Statewatch revealed that very soon after the EU-USA agreement on PNR (passenger name record) was signed on 28 June 2007, the US government announced some changes in its Privacy Act that give exemptions from responding to request for personal information held to DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and ATS (Automated […]

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March 14, 2012

First vote in the EP on PNR Agreement with the USA

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Erste Abstimmung im EU-Parlament über PNR-Abkommen mit den USA | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_10.5_Erste_Abstimmung_im_EU-Parlament_ueber_PNR-Abkommen_mit_den_USA] The latest chapter in the collection and processing of passenger data to cover all flights arriving in and departing from the US was opened when, in 2011, the European Commission tabled a renegotiated proposal for an air […]

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November 19, 2014 · Blogs

Denmark plans to use PNR data for increased Schengen border control

In Denmark, there is currently a public consultation for a new draft law which aims at improving the border checks at Denmark’s Schengen borders. Formally, the Schengen Border Code has abolished border checks at EU’s internal borders, but, under Article 21, member states are still allowed to carry out identity checks in the border territory, […]

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June 29, 2011

EU-US PNR agreement found incompatible with human rights

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [EU-US PNR Abkommen mit Menschenrechten unvereinbar | http://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_9.13_PNR_Abkommen_mit_Menschenrechten_unvereinbar?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20110708] In a note sent on 16 May 2011 to the Director-General of DG Home Affairs, the Legal Service of the European Commission warns that the draft EU-US agreement on the exchange of PNR data is not compatible with fundamental rights. […]

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June 5, 2013 · Blogs

Call for Action: Vote on the retention of air passenger data (PNR)

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Aufruf zum Mitmachen: Abstimmung über die Vorratsdatenspeicherung von Reisedaten (PNR) | https://www.unwatched.org/EDRigram_11.11_Abstimmung_ueber_die_Vorratsdatenspeicherung_von_Reisedaten?pk_campaign=edri&pk_kwd=20130607] On 10 June 2013, the European Parliament will decide on a EU-wide system for the retention of flight passenger data. You can contact your Members of the European Parliament and tell them to defend your right […]

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March 10, 2010

PNR agreements with US and Australia on the European Parliament's Agenda

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [EP: Passagierdatenabkommen mit den USA und Australien auf der Tagesordnung | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1758] The European Parliament (EP) has discussed last week the PNR (Passenger Name Records) agreements with the US and Australia. MEP Sophie In’t Veld (ALDE, Netherlands) explained that the Parliament has traditionally been more opposed to PNR […]

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October 25, 2006

EU-US PNR agreement formally adopted by the EU Council

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 16 October, the EU Council formally adopted a decision to sign an interim agreement with the United States on continuing the transfer of passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the US Administration. The interim agreement will replace the Agreement signed in May 2004, […]

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July 4, 2007

Final agreements between EU and USA on PNR and SWIFT

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) After a long and difficult period of negotiations, on 28-29 June 2007, final agreements were reached between EU and USA on the data regarding European financial transactions operated by Belgian consortium SWIFT and on the passenger name records (PNR) issue respectively. Regarding the access to financial data […]

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July 18, 2007

European Parliament adopts harsh resolution on the new PNR agreement

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 10 July 2007 the members of the European Parliament (EP) adopted with an overwhelming majority, close to 90%, a Resolution that heavily criticizes the new PNR agreement struck by the European Commission with the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS), considering it “substantively flawed”, in particular […]

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