European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli has published his opinion on the proposed Passenger Name Records (PNR) initiative, arguing there is "a lack of information to justify the necessity" of the move and stating it “raises serious transparency and proportionality issues, and … might lead to a move towards a surveillance society,” Out-Law.com reports. PNR could include “home addresses, mobile phone numbers, frequent flyer information, email addresses and credit card details,” the report states. “We encourage the legislators, in assessing the necessity of such a measure, to further explore the effectiveness of new investigative approaches as well as of more selective and less intrusive surveillance measures based on targeted categories of flights, passengers or countries,” Buttarelli said. Meanwhile, more Snowden documents indicate the UK government spied on Internet users since 2007.
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