The Irish Passenger Information Unit (IPIU) is a unit of the Department of Justice and Equality. The IPIU was established in May 2018 to collect and process “Passenger Name Record” (PNR) data for the purpose of the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorism and serious crime.
PNR data refers to refers to information provided by, or on behalf of, passengers to air carriers for each journey booked. This includes details such as travel dates, travel itinerary, ticket information, contact details, passport or identity card details, travel agent at which the flight was booked, means of payment used, seat number and baggage information.
Air carriers who are operating ‘extra-EU flights’ have a legal obligation to transfer PNR data they collect to the IPIU. An ‘extra-EU flight’ refers to scheduled or non-scheduled flight entering, leaving or transiting through airports in Ireland from countries outside of the European Union, including flights with stop-overs in the territory of the EU or third countries.
Air carriers are also required to provide Advance Passenger Information (API) data for all inbound flights to Ireland from outside the European Union. API data is basic information about passengers and crew members which is available from the machine-readable zone of the passport such as name, date of birth, gender, citizenship, and travel document data (e.g. passport number). API data also includes flight information such as flight number, arrival and departure times. API data is used for border management and immigration control purposes, and to identify persons of concern in advance of travel. The IPIU processes all passenger data in accordance with the Department of Justice and Equality’s Data Protection Policy.
The IPIU has a designated Data Protection Officer who can be contacted at [email protected] in relation to data protection queries concerning the processing of passenger data.
If you wish to submit a subject access request for passenger data that the IPIU may hold on you, please complete the form below.