On 17 July, draft EU rules in relation to the sharing and protecting of the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, and its use by member states and Europol to fight terrorism, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee.

The PNR rules would only apply to air carriers and non-carriers such as travel agencies and tour operators operating international flights, intra-EU flights would not be included under the rules. The data will only be used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute terrorism and serious transnational crimes and a number of safeguards will be inserted in order to ensure that the data is dealt with lawfully.

Trilogue talks are anticipated to commence soon.

Passenger Name Records Press Release