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E.C. wants personal data on air passengers

Jennifer Baker | Feb. 2, 2011
If the European Commission has its way, all air travelers regardless of nationality will have to give their personal details to national authorities when they fly in or out of the European Union.

According to Wednesday’s proposal, passengers will have the right to “effective administrative and judicial redress where data protection rules have been violated, as well as the right to compensation.” But it is unclear how private individuals would find out if there have been violations.

Another matter that concerns some civil liberties groups is that the commission would ideally like to see its directive extended to cover all E.U. internal flights. “Given that the objectives pursued by the collection of PNR data are the same inside and outside of the E.U., there would be an added value in including internal flights,” said the Commission adding that, currently the cost is prohibitive.

It is likely to take at least two years to negotiate the proposal in the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.

 

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