August 6, 2021

Mega air passenger database is now up and running

There is already a mega passenger database! Personal data has been one of the most debated topics in recent years. The time is to guarantee the privacy of information, but it is not always easy and some security mechanisms are still inadequate.

The mega-database with air passenger information is already up and running. Know what data is saved.

Mega database has a lot of passenger information…

If you have recently traveled by plane, then your data is certainly already part of this mega passenger database. This is the so-called Passenger Name Record (PNR – Passenger Name Record) that Portuguese authorities and other European Union countries will keep, following the approval of a controversial European directive.

Address, telephone, name of people with whom you are traveling, destinations, data on payment methods, number of bags they were carrying are information that will be part of this mega database that aims to fight terrorism and other 26 crimes for five years, reveals the Publico newspaper.

Mega air passenger database is now up and running

The Passenger Information Office (GIP) will manage the database. This structure, in which elements of the GNR, PSP, PJ and SEF also operate, is under the general secretary of the Internal Security System, which reports directly to the prime minister.

At the moment of the PNR, only a part of the airlines is reporting passenger data. TAP was the first and should be the one to report the greatest volume of data.

GIP will use this database in three different ways. On the one hand, it will have to respond to all requests made by the authorities of the other countries of the Union or with countries with which there is a data transfer protocol or by the European police service, Europol.

On the other hand, it will have a mechanism that will allow the crossing of passenger data with the computer systems of other police forces. There will also be the definition of risk profiles that should give rise to a preventive analysis of the wealth of available information. These profiles are still being built.