The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled personal data activities under the EU's Passenger Name Record Directive (PNR) must be limited to those that are strictly necessary. In its judgement, the CJEU said that the transfer, processing and retention of PNR data "may be regarded as being limited to what is strictly necessary for the purposes of combating terrorist offences and serious crime." The court also ruled that the directive precludes national laws related to processing and retention activities.
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