August 1, 2007

Czech government accepts the new PNR agreement with reservations

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On the 18 July 2007, the Czech government approved, with signficant reservations, the new PNR agreement prepared by the European Commission with the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS). During the short period of consultations among the Czech authorities and politicians on the new agreement, the Czech […]

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July 14, 2015 · Blogs

EU PNR: Unproven, ineffective strategies are not security

“When people are scared, they need something done that will make them feel safe, even if it doesn’t truly make them safer. Politicians naturally want to do something in response to crisis, even if that something doesn’t make any sense.” Bruce Schneier, Security expert The proposal for a EU PNR Directive (Fight against terrorism and […]

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February 16, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Profiling practices | Surveillance and data retention

CJEU Advocate General states that PNR Directive does not violate fundamental rights despite mass surveillance concerns from civil society

On 27 January, despite concerns from civil society and the CJEU having decided that the EU-Canada PNR agreement was incompatible in 2017, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union stated that the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive was compatible with fundamental rights.

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September 28, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection

Travel surveillance: member states seek to circumvent court judgment on PNR

In June this year the the Court of Justice ruled that the rules governing the EU's system for travel surveillance and passenger profiling, set out in the Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive, must be "interpreted restrictively" to conform with fundamental rights standards. The ruling requires substantial changes to member state practices - but the Council, in time-honoured fashion, is looking at how to circumvent it, and to ensure the greatest possible freedom of manouevre for law enforcement authorities.

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June 21, 2006

The European Commission dribbles the Parliament again in the PNR deal

The European Commission is moving ahead in its efforts to comply with the annulment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of the agreement between the European Community and the US Government on the transfer of passenger name records (PNR). The Commission adopted on 19 June 2006 two initiatives in order to comply with the […]

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February 14, 2007

European institutions try to impose a stronger position in the PNR debate

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The European Parliament intends to strengthen its opposition to the US demands related to the transfer of European air passenger data (PNR). Following the debate that took place on 31 January 2007 in the European Parliament, the vote on the position that EU should have concerning the […]

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March 28, 2012

EU-US PNR Agreement: A bad day for civil liberties in Europe

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [PNR-Abkommen: Ein schwarzer Tag für die europäischen Bürgerrechte |] On 27 March 2012, the Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament decided to back the new air passenger data deal with the United States. In her recommendation, the Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld called […]

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January 15, 2004

PNR: Bolkestein misleads European Parliament

Commissioner Frits Bolkestein concealed important details on the draft agreement reached with the USA on the transfer of Passenger Name Record Data (PNR) to the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection when reporting to two Committees of the European Parliament four weeks ago. This is what Bolkestein’s spokesman Jonathan Todd has admitted in an […]

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July 27, 2015 · Document pools

EU PNR document pool

The proposal for a EU PNR Directive  (Fight against terrorism and serious crime: use of passenger name record (PNR) data (procedure file 2011/0023(COD) ) was adopted by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on 15 July 2015. The narrow vote (32 in favor, 26 against, no abstentions) in favour happened despite the rejection of this […]

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December 6, 2006

Hungary's President says no to the PNR agreement

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom decided not to sign the national law regarding the promulgation of the EU-US PNR (Passenger Name Records) agreement and sent it back to the Parliament, considering that it can be improved. This is one of the few set-backs of the new EU-US […]

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May 8, 2013 · Blogs

LIBE EP Committee: No PNR data sharing within the EU

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [LIBE-Ausschuss des EP gegen EU-weiten Austausch von PNR-Daten |] The directive obliging airlines to pass personal details of EU passengers to the authorities of the EU member states was rejected by the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament (EP) on 24 April 2013. The proposal […]

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September 25, 2019 · On the ground | Privacy and data protection | Surveillance and data retention

PNR complaint advances to the Austrian Federal Administrative Court

On 19 August 2019, Austrian EDRi member lodged a complaint with the Austrian data protection authority (DPA) against the Passenger Name Records (PNR) Directive. After only three weeks, on 6 September, they received the response from the DPA: The complaint was rejected. That sounds negative at first, but is actually good news. The complaint […]

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