Transfer of air passengers' data to the US - What's at stake?
A new agreement on the transfer of EU air passengers' personal data to the US Department of Homeland Security will be voted by the European Parliament on Thursday 19 April. The deal sets the legal conditions for the transfer of this data and covers issues such as storage periods, purpose of the data use, data protection safeguards, administrative and judicial redress. The agreement is intended to replace another deal applied provisionally since 2007.
Passenger Name Record (PNR) data is information provided by passengers and collected by air carriers during reservation and check-in procedures.
It includes information such as the name, address, phone number, credit card details, travel agency data, baggage information, (such as the number of bags), and seat number.
PNR can also include "sensitive" data, most frequently tied to a religious meal choice or requests for assistance due to a medical condition. PNR data is stored in airlines' reservation and departure control databases and made available to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).