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PNR Directive is impacting Dutch travelers

According to the PNR Directive, European Member States must establish specific entities responsible for the storage and processing of air passenger data, called Passenger Information Units. Dutch Passagiersinformatie Nederland (Pi-NL) will be up-and-running in 2018. Air carriers are obliged to transfer personal data about travelers to this entity, which will reside under Dutch anti-terrorism agency (NCTV).

PNR Directive

The unit has been established in accordance with European legislation. In 2016, the European Parliament adopted a directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of terrorist offenses and serious crime.

Third countries

An increasing number of third countries are requesting PNR data from air carriers operating flights from the territory of the EU. According to the European Commission, such cooperation can bring significant security gains, in areas like foreign terrorist fighters traveling to conflict zones for terrorist training, drugs trafficking or traveling sex offenders.

Controversial directive

Before it was passed, the directive was severely criticized by civil rights advocates. Safety concerns entirely overruled the right to privacy, they argued. Now the PNR Directive has entered into force; it is impossible to evade the rules. The directive provides for a number of data protection safeguards, though.

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