EU-USA-PNR Agreement: Letter from the Article 29 Working Party on data protection to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee


EU-USA-PNR Agreement: Letter from the Article 29 Working Party on data protection to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee: Letter (pdf):

"This collection of a great number of passenger data and their retention by a foreign nation constitutes a great intrusion into the privacy of individuals and raises, of course, doubts about the proportionality of such a scheme...

the US has put in place a border control system which obliges all passengers to provide much more personal information than just API and PNR data if they want to enter the US. The data collected can be and are cross-referenced and matched against watch lists and other relevant information. When putting the PNR scheme in this context it clearly emerges that the data provided by each traveller before boarding a plane render him highly transparent and allow for extensive profiling in particular if passengers travel regularly to the US....

the current US PNR agreement, not only has the number of data elements been increased, but DHS can now get information of third persons others than those travelling, and in exceptional cases it may even get sensitive information"

 

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