UK Supports EU PNR Collection Plan
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—UK & EUMay 13, 2011
OUT-LAW.COM reports on the UK's decision to opt in to the EU's draft proposal for collecting personal name record (PNR) data on EU flights. The original plans only applied to PNR data from flights between EU countries and destinations outside the EU, the report states, but the proposed directive would extend the collection of PNR across Europe itself. UK Minister for Immigration Damien Green noted that 15 EU member states support the plan for "intra-EU data collection." However, the Article 29 Working Party has criticised the plan, and privacy groups have raised concerns that the proposed measures "are unnecessary and disproportionate to the threat of serious crime," the report states.