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EDPS: Justification, Safeguards Needed for PNR Use

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

October 20, 2010

EDPS: Justification, Safeguards Needed for PNR Use
European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx is speaking out against the use of passenger name records (PNR) to profile the potential risk of international travelers to their destination country, ComputerWeekly reports. In an opinion issued Tuesday, Hustinx said, "The proactive use of PNR data of all passengers for risk assessment purposes requires more explicit justification and safeguards," calling for strict conditions on the processing, transfer and retention of sensitive data. He is also recommending that conditions for collection and use of PNR data "be considerably restricted" and EU-U.S. talks focus on "a consistent and harmonized approach on data protection."
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