European Data Protection Digest

Half Million Would Have Access to Database

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

February 12, 2010

Privacy advocates are concerned about proposals to establish a new agency that would manage member states' data. The concerns follow the recent revelation that hundreds of thousands of terminals across the EU would have access to private data on the Schengen Information System (SIS), The Guardian reports. The SIS database maintains sensitive information including arrest warrants, immigration status and police entries. A spokesman for European civil liberties group, Statewatch, said "...the greater points of access, the greater number of people who have access and the greater the chance that data will be misplaced, lost or illegally accessed."
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