European Data Protection Digest

EC Presents, Albrecht Against “Smart Borders” Plan

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—EU

February 28, 2013

The European Commission has presented plans for a border initiative that would use automated technology to monitor non-EU citizens’ travel in and out of the EU, and MEP Jan Philip Albrecht has come out against it, reports IDG News Service. The plan would create a database of registered travelers who would use automated gates that would record their comings and goings and alert authorities if they haven’t left by an expiry time. Albrecht, with fellow politician Ska Keller, has begun a campaign urging citizens to fight the plan, saying the initiative would create an “e-fortress Europe” and infringe on civil liberties.
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