European Data Protection Digest

Ministers Meet on Body Scanners

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU

January 22, 2010

While interior and justice ministers are proposing heightened airport security measures aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks, members of the European Parliament are speaking out against the plan, Deutsche Welle reports. The ministers met in Spain with Janet Napolitano, head of U.S. Homeland Security, to discuss improved screening at airports, and the European Voice reports that the European Commission is preparing a report on the health and privacy implications of using full-body airport scanners. The ministers stopped short of approving the use of such scanners, but the data-sharing plans under consideration are raising concerns. Manfred Weber of the European Parliament says getting the majority of the members to approve the plan "will be very difficult."
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