RIGA, Jan 10 (LETA) - The Latvian parliament's committee on defense, interior affairs and corruption prevention today upheld for the final reading in the parliament a bill about processing of the air passenger data needed to fight terrorism and crime.
The purpose of the bill is to ensure processing of the passenger data for the analysis required to prevent or solve terrorism crimes or grave crimes, or to prevent threats to national security.
The bill provides for creation of the Register of the Air Passenger Data, the parliament's press service said.
The register has to be created in accordance with the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive. After a number of terrorist attacks, the EU member states agreed on the need for such directive during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2016.
The Register of the Air Passenger Data will be operated by the Latvian Security Police and will contain the data sent in by the airlines. The data will be available to different security and law enforcement agencies, and can also be shared with foreign agencies for crime prevention purposes.
The new law is to take effect on April 3 this year, and the airlines will be required to start submitting information to the Register of the Air Passenger Data no later than by September 1, the parliamentary committee resolved today.
The Latvian parliament is yet to pass the bill in the final reading.