Today, at the 46th Interpol European Regional Conference in Dublin, Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan announced that the Irish Passenger Information Unit (IPIU) will begin its work on the 25th May. IPIU will receive Passenger Name Recognition (PNR) data from air carriers, and then exchange and process this data with Europol and the EU other EU member states. Mr Flanagan explained that the aim is to assist in strengthening the integrity of the EU’s borders, help to thwart serious criminals and terrorists and overall enhance public safety.

DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/681 provides that air carriers have an obligation to provide member state’s authorities with the PNR data for flights entering or departing the EU. The idea is that PNR data will become an important resource for police and law enforcers who are investigating serious crimes, for example drug/sex trafficking, terrorism and sex tourism.

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