Feeds

Europe rules against general passenger data slurp

Why do we hand over data on every passenger?

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The European Data Protection Supervisor has taken a view against Passenger Name Record transfers, which obliges airlines to hand over the personal data they hold on every passenger entering or leaving the European Union.

This includes names, addresses, emails and other contact details which are handed over in the name of (defeating)terrorism.

The EDPS said the proposal was better than the original offered in 2007. But it said that any massive collection of data must follow the necessity principle - that such a huge data hoard produced a useful result. Current PNR proposals do not do this.

The watchdog said: "In the EDPS' view, the current Proposal and accompanying Impact Assessment fail to demonstrate the necessity and the proportionality of a system involving a large-scale collection of PNR data for the purpose of a systematic assessment of all passengers."

Peter Hustinx, EDPS, also questioned the need for such a scheme: "Air passengers' personal data could certainly be necessary for law enforcement purposes in targeted cases, when there is a serious threat supported by concrete indicators. It is their use in a systematic and indiscriminate way, with regard to all passengers, which raises specific concerns."

An ICO spokesperson said: “We recognise that personal data can be necessary in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. However, any proposal that intrudes into the privacy of individuals should evidence its necessity, be proportionate and include appropriate data protection safeguards and measures.

“This is an EU-wide proposal and we are working with our EU data protection colleagues on a collective response.”

Its European counterpart meanwhile said data should not be held for more than 30 days, it should be better protected especially as regards transfer to third countries, and the list of data included should be reduced. Finally it recommended an evaluation of the system to show the number of people convicted, not just prosecuted, on the basis of their PNR.

The EDPS statement on the future of PNR is available here. Airlines first began handing over all passenger details to US authorities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

The EDPS has already queried this process. It suggests Europe should sort out its internal rules on such data transfers and use these as a basis to make agreements with countries outside the EU. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.