Last week, the Article 29 Working Party, made up of representatives from the Member States' data protection authorities, issued a highly critical report calling on the Commission to take action to make the agreements with the US and Australia, and the EU PNR Directive compliant with the Opinion of the EU Court of Justice. Sophie in 't Veld fully supports the Working Party's report, and calls on the Commission to take its recommendations seriously. “The Commission is systematically deaf to experts, and disregards the ruling of the EU Court of Justice. It is crying crocodile tears over Cambridge Analytica/FaceBook, but at the same time it stubbornly refuses to make the PNR Directive and the PNR agreements with Canada, Australia and the US compliant with EU data protection law."
Today In 't Veld sent a letter to the European Commission about the EU PNR (passenger name records) Directive and the PNR agreements with Canada, the US and Australia. Following last year's Opinion by the EU Court of Justice, which ruled that the agreement on the transfer of PNR between the EU and Canada is incompatible with EU law. The objections of the Court equally apply to the EU PNR Directive. The Commission, as custodian of the EU Treaties, must act immediately and make all PNR arrangements in line with EU law.