European Data Protection Digest

EDPS Critical of Smart Border Plan

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—EU

July 25, 2013

Smart Border, a European Commission proposal calling for biometric tracking of EU citizens as they move across member-state borders has come under sharp criticism by European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx. V3.co.uk reports that Hustinx is especially critical of Smart Border’s provisions giving law enforcement officials access to the database. Hustinx says the trend to share the data of innocent individuals with law enforcement is “dangerous” and that the burdens of the proposal are “disproportionate” to its potential benefits.
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