Antiterrorism: towards a massive collection of personal data of air passengers



The collection of personal data of all passengers flying within Europe. A new anti-terrorism plan of the European Commission will require massive collection and storage – for up to five years – the personal data of all passengers on flights to or from the European space, shows The Guardian , which devotes its front page to the scoop.

Civil rights organizations are concerned that this plan, developed after the attacks in Paris, goes against a recent decision of the European Court of Justice, which considers the massive collection of data is a serious foray into passenger privacy.

The plan, released Wednesday, January 28 by the European Commission, provides for the compilation of forty-two different information about each passenger, including their credit card number, the address of their home or food preferences, such as eating halal. This information would be stored for up to five years in a central database to which the police and security services have access.

The London newspaper said that the plan is described as a “reasonable compromise” between the Interior Ministers of the Member States and the Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament, which had blocked the same level there are two years: “The Ministers agreed in Paris on the day of the march of the unit, as their priority in the fight against terrorism and monitoring of foreign fighters was to stop Parliament’s opposition to the plan.