EU ministers adopt passenger name record legislation.
BRUSSELS, April 21 (KUNA) -- EU interior and justice ministers, meeting in Luxembourg Thursday, adopted a new legislation on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime. The law aims to regulate the transfer from the airlines to the EU member states of PNR data of passengers of international flights, as well as the processing of this data by the competent authorities, noted the ministers in a statement. The legislation says that PNR data collected may "only be processed for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime." Under the new legislation, air carriers will be obliged to provide EU member states' authorities with the PNR data for flights entering or departing from the EU. It will also allow, but not oblige, EU member states to collect PNR data concerning selected intra-EU flights. Each EU member state will also be required to set up a so-called Passenger Information Unit, which will receive the PNR data from the air carriers. (end) nk.ajs
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