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Parliamentary questions
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26 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002458-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sophia in 't Veld (Renew) , Moritz Körner (Renew)

 Subject:  Commercial gain from obligations arising from the PNR Directive
 Answer in writing 

Since the entry into force of the PNR Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/681), air carriers have been obliged to collect and transfer 19 categories of passenger name records (PNR) to a passenger information unit in the relevant Member State. Air carriers could already collect and process PNR data for commercial reasons, but it has now become much easier owing to the standardised and obligatory nature of the directive. Conztanz, a company contracted to build the Luxembourgish PNR system, is offering to provide airlines with an analysis of PNR data, deducing and consolidating the travel history, profile and behaviour of every individual, and capturing the context of each journey in real time, which can generate significant commercial benefits for the airlines(1).

— Is the Commission aware that companies can make very significant commercial gains by analysing travellers’ PNR data and deducing individual profiles and behaviours, and is it aware of similar models in other Member States?

— Does the Commission agree that airlines’ obligation to collect 19 categories of personal data arising from the PNR Directive should not be a means for commercial gain, in particular since these gains are made at the expense of passengers’ fundamental rights? If not, why not?

— How much EU funding has this company received in the context of the implementation of the directive?


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