Airlines to Share Passenger Details of EVERYONE flying in and out of Europe to be shared [Read]

Airlines to Share Passenger Details of EVERYONE flying in and out of Europe to be shared [Read]

European leaders were today warned they must end ‘ridiculous’ delays which mean airlines do not have to share the names of suspected ISIS fighters returning home. #False, I am not going to play some dumb game so I don’t worry about dying when I am flying:

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David Cameron called for an end to the situation which means countries outside the EU share more information than those in the 28-nation bloc.

It follows fears that ISIS fighters returning from Syria could arrive back in Europe to carry out more Paris-style atrocities.

The European Commission has pushed for the ‘rapid implementation’ of rules which would require countries to share passengers’ name records (PNR) for all flights.

Brussels aims to have agreement by the end of the year on a controversial plan for the US-style sharing of air passenger name records, regarded as a key step for maintaining security within the passport-free Schengen zone.

However it is currently bogged down in wrangling with national governments after years of debate about whether it infringes people’s right to privacy.

Speaking in Paris today, Mr Cameron said Britain is to step up intelligence sharing with France and other European partners.

‘We must do more to tackle the threat of returning foreign fighters,’ Mr Cameron added, including strengthening Europe’s external borders.

‘It is frankly ridiculous that we can get more information from countries outside the EU than we can from each other
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‘We must without further delay finally agree the rules that will enable us to share passenger name records.

‘It is frankly ridiculous that we can get more information from countries outside the EU than we can from each other.’

He added: ‘And we must do more to crack down on the trade in illegal firearms to stop them getting into the hands of terrorists who are determined to wreak such misery with them.’

Only the UK has a fully function flight records system, although France has recently passed laws allowing for airlines to pass PNR data to police and security forces.

Other EU states introducing their own PNR systems include Bulgaria, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland and Sweden.

However, EU-wide legislation is unlikely to be agreed before the end of the year.

Hmm, dead or violating privacy? I would violate ‘privacy’ without a second thought.

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