EU agrees deal on air passenger details system to counter terrorism

EU agrees deal on air passenger details system to counter terrorism

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The EU is reported to have agreed on a system to share airline passenger details in a bid to improve counter-terrorism efforts.

The Passenger Name Record (PNR) system will allow access to passenger information including names, contact details and credit cards.

Details would be collected from European flights entering or leaving the EU - as well as from those between member countries, the BBC reported on Friday.

Security concerns were raised following the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The system would be "indispensable in the fight against terrorism", French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Luxembourg Interior Minister, Etienne Scheider, said: "The compromise agreed today will enable the EU to set up an effective PNR system which fully respects fundamental rights and freedoms.

"After so many years of debate, we have finally reached a deal."

The PNR system was first proposed in 2007, but lawmakers struggled to pass it because of privacy concerns.

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