Following the spate of terror attacks, a ‘PNR taskforce’ has now been set up. This taskforce is chaired by Belgium and brings together experts from the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom to prepare for the use of passenger name records (known as PNR data) generated by international high-speed train traffic. The aim is for this PNR data to be retrieved structurally by member states in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. Vias institute is supporting the member states with a study for the development of a PNR policy. In doing so, it is important for the operators of the high-speed rail services that the member states introduce a coherent policy and a statutory framework to base it on.

For this reason, Vias institute is working in close consultation with the operators of the Thalys, Eurostar and Eurotunnel high-speed trains, as well as the Belgian, French and Dutch national railway companies, NMBS/SNCB, SNCF and NS, to carry out this study. A variety of aspects will be examined, including the existing booking and ticketing systems, as well as what information will actually be gathered and what existing legislation is already in place. In addition, particular attention will be paid to protecting privacy and personal data.

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