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    Executive Director of European Digital Rights Joe McNamee said that spreading initiative to collect travel data gathered by airlines of 28 countries of the EU was less effective than 14 individual countries opening their own data bases.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The creation of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive to collect travel data gathered by airlines is clouded by legal issues, as well as unjustified high costs, Executive Director of European Digital Rights Joe McNamee told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister David Cameron called on Brussels to fast-track the creation of the PNR directive, which is similar to the Data Retention Directive. The latter involves 14 out of the 28 EU member states setting up their own national passenger name record system covering flights in and out of their own country.

    "The ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the Data Retention Directive casts doubt on the legality of the EU PNR Directive. Another problems of the proposal are the lack of evidence showing that these measures are effective and excessive costs," McNamee said.

    The watchdog head added that spreading this initiative to 28 countries of the bloc was less effective than 14 individual countries opening their own data bases.

    The European Parliament is set to adopt the informal text of the EU PNR Directive on Thursday.

    The EU PNR Directive was first proposed in 2011 and a fast-track procedure to adopt the proposal was introduced after the November 13 Paris attacks, which claimed the lives of 130 people and injured over 350.


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