EU approves air passenger data sharing

Law approved on retaining and sharing records
The European Parliament has given its final approval to a law for the exchange of airline passenger data between security forces in the European Union, Reuters news agency reports.
Opposition in the parliament to the collection of such data meant that the law on retaining and sharing passenger name records (PNRs) stalled for years. But the recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels pushed governments to adopt the measures.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the deal would be a “precious tool” for strengthening European security, making it easier to detect the movements of suspected Islamic militants.
PNR includes name, travel dates, itinerary, ticket details, contact details, travel agent, means of payment, seat number and baggage details. Airlines operating flights in, to or from the EU will transfer the data to national security services, which can then share it with their counterparts in other European states.

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