PNR Data Could Be Required for EU Travel
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EUFebruary 2, 2011
EUobserver reports on proposals set to come before the European Commission to require air travelers to have their passenger name record (PNR) data--such as home addresses, mobile phone numbers, credit card information and e-mail addresses--checked by authorities and shared with other member states if links to terrorism or serious crime are suspected. Negotiations between member states and the European Parliament on the plan are expected to last two years. "So far, the U.S. and other countries using the PNR system have failed to convince us about its necessity," said German MEP Manfred Weber, adding, "There are deficits in the usage of current data. So why should we collect even more mass data?"