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An EU approach for the use of passenger data (PNR) for law enforcement purposes

02/02/2011

On 2 February, the European Commission adopted its proposal for a Directive on the use of Passenger Name Record data in the EU (EU PNR). PNR are recorded in electronic systems by airlines and travel agents when passengers make bookings. The aim of the Directive is to harmonise throughout the EU the use of PNR data and to strengthen protection of personal data and other fundamental rights.

The proposal was initially adopted in 2007 as a proposal for a Framework Decision based on the ex-third pillar. Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, this draft needed to be re-tabled under the new Treaty rules. The Commission confirmed its intention to proceed, in its Action Plan implementing the Stockholm Programme and in its Communication on the EU Internal Security Strategy.

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