December 3, 2014 · Blogs

EU-Canada agreement on PNR referred to the CJEU: What’s next?

On 25 November the European Parliament voted, by 383 votes to 271, in favour of a resolution to refer the EU-Canada agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR) to the European Court of Justice (CJEU). The CJEU will now decide on the compliance of the agreement with EU law, in particular the Charter of Fundamental Rights. […]

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May 23, 2007

US official makes PNR demands to the European Parliament

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) As the negotiations of the PNR (Passenger Name Records) issue continue between the US Government and the European Parliament, during his visit to Brussels on 14 May, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asked for more relaxed restrictions on the personal data transfer from the airline companies. […]

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August 27, 2008

Dispute between UK government and EU over the use of PNR

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) UK Government fights EU proposals to restrict the way it uses passenger name record (PNR) information to monitor immigration, claiming that the data it collects is crucial to control cross-border movements. With the EU planning to make all European states share PNR data, UK government argues there […]

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April 25, 2012

EU Parliament agrees to EU-US PNR Agreement

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Europäisches Parlament stimmt PNR-Abkommen mit den USA zu |] On 19 April 2012, MEPs decided on the controversial EU-US Agreement on the use and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to the US Department of Homeland Security. A motion for a resolution asking for an opinion […]

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January 16, 2013 · Blogs

EU PNR directive gets funding before being adopted

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [EU PNR-Richtlinie zur Fluggastüberwachung: Erst finanzieren, dann verabschieden |] The European Parliament (EP) Civil Liberties Committee is to vote, by the end of January 2013, on the controversial EU-Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive proposal introduced in February 2011 that has already been examined by the three EP […]

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January 29, 2020 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Data protection standards | Privacy and confidentiality | Profiling practices

CJEU to decide on processing of passenger data under PNR Directive

On 20 January 2020, the District Court of Cologne, Germany, submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the question whether the European Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive violates fundamental rights. EDRi member Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF, Society for Civil Rights) initiated the proceedings against the directive, which allows for authorities to […]

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September 8, 2016 · Blogs

European Court Opinion: Canada PNR deal cannot be signed

Today, on 8 September 2016, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave his Opinion confirming that the agreement between EU and Canada to share Passenger Name Records (PNR) data is not fully in compliance with European law. It’s shocking to note that all the EU’s others PNR instruments […]

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August 30, 2006

PNR data could be shared with European governments

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) Despite the recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the annulment of the EU-US deal on Passenger Name Records PNR data, the European Commission is trying to push for PNR data to be shared also with the secret services of the European governments for […]

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October 22, 2008

The PNR scheme entirely changed by the European Council

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The European Council has started re-writing from scratch the European Commission’s proposal for an EU-PNR scheme as a result of several EU governments’ intention to go further in this matter. Some European governments, with the UK in the lead, want to extend the PNR scheme used now […]

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November 16, 2011

Will the new flawed EU-US PNR agreement be approved by the EP?

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Wird das EU-Parlament dem katastrophalen PNR-Abkommen mit den USA zustimmen? |] In May 2011, the European Commission’s Legal Service said the EU-USA PNR agreement on the transfer of personal data of travellers flying from Europe to the US was not compatible with fundamental rights. Five months later […]

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September 9, 2015 · Blogs

Romania: After PNR, a proposal for retention of tourist data

On 15 July 2015, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament narrowly voted in favour of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive proposal (32 in favour, 26 against, no abstentions), a mass surveillance measure to collect and process air traveller data for profiling purposes. This came after […]

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December 19, 2018 · On the ground | Privacy and data protection | Privacy and confidentiality | Surveillance and data retention

Denmark prepares for passenger data exchange with the EU

In 2016, the European Union adopted the Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive which obliges Member States to collect PNR data on all flights to third countries and exchange this information with other Member States through the Passenger Information Units (PIUs).

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