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Passenger Name Record Data (EU and Japan): Council Decision

Volume 675: debated on Tuesday 28 April 2020

The UK has left the European Union. Before doing so the Government decided not to opt in to the Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations with Japan on an agreement for the transfer and use of passenger name record (PNR) data.

As the agreement to be negotiated will not apply to the UK it was inappropriate to opt in to the proposed negotiating mandate.

The UK’s exit from the EU means we can determine and pursue our own policy on the international transfer and use of PNR data, with Japan and other partners, which acknowledges the significance of this valuable and unique dataset for countering terrorism and serious crime subject to safeguards ensuring respect for individuals’ fundamental rights.