Tuesday, 12 April 2016
What's at stake in the European PNR debate?
[Excerpt from a simple Passenger Name Record (PNR) from the file about me kept by the CBP division of DHS. Click image for larger version. Most PNRs have more information than this.]
This week the European Parliament is scheduled to debate and vote on a proposed directive "on the use of Passenger Name Record [PNR] data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime".
It's an issue I've been working on for years, travelling repeatedly to Brussels and Strasbourg to testify against this proposal and to explain to Members of the European Parliament and to other European officials and activists why the EU shouldn't follow the bad example of the USA.
What does this mean, why does it matter, and why should this proposal be rejected??
To answer this question requires understanding (1) what PNRs are, (2) how PNRs and other travel data are already being used by European governments, (3) how this would change if the proposed EU PNR directive is approved, and (4) why and how the provisions in the proposed directive that are supposed to protect individuals' rights would be ineffective.Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 03:44 ( 3:44 AM)