The United States and the European Union
have agreed to expand a security program that shares personal data
about millions of U.S.-bound airline passengers a year, potentially
including information about a person's race, ethnicity, religion and
health. – keeping the data for 15 years.
Under the agreement, airlines flying from Europe
to the United States are required to provide data related to these
matters to U.S. authorities if it exists in their reservation systems.
The deal allows Washington to retain and use it only “where the life of
a data subject or of others could be imperiled or seriously impaired,”
such as in a counter-terrorism investigation.
According to the
deal, the information that can be used in such exceptional
circumstances includes “racial or ethnic origin, political opinions,
religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership” and data
about an individual's health, partners and sexual orientation as well as contacts, lodging, next of kin and travelling companions.
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Stavros Lambrinidis of Greece,
vice chairman of the European Parliament's civil liberties, justice and home
affairs committee, warned that it allows extra data collection not just
in counterterrorism cases but for “a vast and in some cases
unidentified number of crimes. So we have function creep.”
Why is our Government not protecting our identities ??