EU: Spring Conference of European Data Protection Authorities, Rome 17-18 April 2008: Declaration on EU border management

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Declaration (pdf)

Current Commission proposals indicate:

"a trend to full control and surveillance of persons entering or leaving the Schengen area, irrespective of their nationality."

"the underlying concept of distrusting travellers by isolating selected "good faith" travellers from all other travellers, even considering the latter as potential law breakers. This will involve screening before and at the gate, controlling the passing of borders and the automatic processing of specific data of travellers. This concept does little to translate into reality "the symbolic effect of showing the EU as open to the world"2, as mentioned in the communication of the Commission and it is even doubtful whether it fits in with the values of the European Union."

"Until now no evaluation took place on the effectiveness of the implementation of existing legal measures and no reliable evidence is presented to support the need for new systems nor has any evidence been brought as to the need to supplement the ongoing initiatives in the field."

See also: Spring Conference of the European Data Protection Authorities, Cyprus 10-11 May 2007: Declaration on the principle of availability (pdf)

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