Wednesday, 3 December 2003

UK follows USA into surveillance and control of airline passengers

Mimicking the CAPPS-II scheme in the USA, the UK government has mooted (in the UK sense of “to moot”, meaning, “to propose”, not the opposite USA sense of “to moot”, meaning, “to render no longer relevant”; the difference is similar to the opposite UK and USA meanings of “to table”) a proposal to require airlines to turn over copies of reservations and travel documents to the government and to use them to decide whom the government will allow to travel. Like an earlier Spanish proposal, the UK proposal appears contrary to the European Union data directive, which is binding on all EU memebr states.

Details from Statewatch:

UK takes lead on surveillance of passengers

EU plan for wholesale security checking of every traveller

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 3 December 2003, 08:07 ( 8:07 AM)
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