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Passenger Database Coming Soon to an Airport Near You

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 24, 2010

The Australian Council for Civil Liberties is voicing concern over a newly enhanced database to be implemented this summer that aims to help customs, law enforcement and intelligence agencies keep terrorists and international criminals out of Australia, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Enhanced passenger assessment and clearance (EPAC) is comprised of a database that will search for and flag high-risk passengers, giving officials the option of refusing them permission to enter the country. Terry O'Gorman, president of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties said, "What the minister's announcement doesn't say is how he's going to address the privacy consequences of this massively expanded amount of data being used to decide who might come to Australia."
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