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Foiling terror plots with aid of passenger data

Assistance from Airlines

October 2013, Number 04.04

“Since 2007, an agreement between the European Union and the United States to share passenger information on commercial flights has foiled transnational crime, such as human and drug trafficking. Most importantly, the Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement has identified potential terror plots targeting both continents.

But in April 2013, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, citing privacy concerns, voted against a renegotiated PNR with the U.S. The EU has also expressed concerns that Russia is requiring airlines to provide passenger information for flights destined for Russian airports.

Under EU rules, passenger data cannot be transferred to non-EU countries unless there is an international agreement with those nations. “The commission is very concerned about the measures the Russian authorities want to implement,” a spokeswoman for EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told the BBC.

But nine EU countries led by France and Germany support a modified PNR, which could curb terror plots and prevent budding radicals from traveling to conflict zones...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Assistance from Airlines,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 4, 2013: 41.

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