Split over sharing of airline passenger data

Germany will next week (11 April) come under pressure to support the sharing of data on airline passengers travelling between member states.

Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s interior minister, supports collecting data only on passengers travelling in and out of the EU, in line with a European Commission proposal made in February. But he is holding out against a proposal from the UK to process passenger name records (PNR) on intra-EU flights as well. The UK is the only member state that currently collects and analyses such data, for anti-terrorism purposes, but most member states support the UK proposal.

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