EU: Bulgarian Passenger Name Record (PNR) law on the way

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"Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved on January 14 2016 the first reading of legislation that will empower the State Agency for National Security to be sent airline passenger data.

The change is in line with European efforts as part of the fight against terrorism, Bulgarian National Radio said.

"...The bill specifies the objectives for which data can be processed – the prevention, detection, prosecution, prosecution of terrorism or other serious crimes data that is included in the passenger name record, and for the purposes of border control."
(emphasis added). Source: Bulgarian MPs give first-reading approval to air passenger data being given to State Agency for National Security (The Sofia Globe, link)

Border control is not covered by the EU PNR Directive. It would thus appear that Bulgaria is "gold-plating" its national implementing law. See: final "compromise" text of the EU-PNR Directive
(14670/15, pdf)

Bulgaria previously received funding from the European Commission - prior to the passing of the EU Directive - to set up a national PNR system. See: Travel surveillance: PNR by the back door (Statewatch News Online, October 2014)

And: The Discreet Charm of Passenger Data: Big Data Surveillance Coming Home (PRIO, link): "I aim to show how urgent it is to start researching the political dimensions of this security program right when all politics fade away."

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