Opinion 1/15: The Court of Justice Meets PNR Data (Again!)

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Legal and factual background. – III. Opinion of AG Mengozzi. – IV. Opinion of the Court of Justice. – V. Analysis. – VI. Conclusion. 

Abstract: This Overview considers Opinion 1/15 of 26 July 2017 of the Court of Justice on the EU-Canada Passenger Name Record Agreement that concluded that the Agreement was not compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Not only does the Canada Agree-ment now need renegotiating if it is to enter into force but also the existing Passenger Name Record Agreements with the United States and Australia need to be renegotiated. Crucially the EU’s very own internal PNR regime will need to be revised if it is to meet the standards articulated in Opinion 1/15.

Keywords: EU-Canada PNR Agreement – personal data protection – privacy – Charter of fundamental rights – PNR Agreements – PNR Directive.

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European Papers, Vol. 2, 2017, No 3, pp. 803-818
ISSN
2499-8249 - doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/176

* Reader in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs, Queen Mary University of London, mario.mendez@qmul.ac.uk.

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