Use of passenger records to prevent terrorism and serious crime

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive (EU) 2016/681 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

What are PNR data?

They consist of booking information stored by airlines in their reservation and departure control systems. The information collected includes:

Scope

Airlines must provide PIUs in EU countries with the PNR data for flights entering or departing from the EU. It also allows — but does not require — EU countries to collect PNR data concerning selected intra-EU flights.

Processing

The data collected may only be processed to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorist offences and serious crime. Data should only be processed in the following cases:

Transfer and exchange of data

Storage

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

The directive has applied since 24 May 2016. EU countries have to incorporate it into national law by 25 May 2018.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, pp. 132-149)

last update 13.12.2016