European Data Protection Digest

Transport Designee Wants Common Rules

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU

January 15, 2010

At his confirmation hearing this week, the EU's transport chief-designate said that European states should not use full-body scanners at airports until the bloc can agree on rules to protect the privacy and health of passengers, Reuters reports. "It's very bad that some countries already use them without common agreed standards," said Siim Kallas of Estonia on Thursday. Interest in the devices has increased since the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound plane. The European Commission is preparing a report on the scanners' privacy impacts.
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