By Loreline Merelle

Is a European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system really necessary ? For European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli, this crucial question has not been addressed yet, despite seven years of controversy and multiple recommendations by the EDPS and the Article 29 working group (see below).

The Commission recently wrote a letter to demonstrate the PNR’s conformity with the Court of Justice ruling of April 2014, which struck down Directive 2006/24/EC (*) Directive 2006/24/EC…