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 Post subject: Reg: UK e-Borders scheme thrown into confusion by EU rules
PostPosted: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:30:11 +0000 
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/18 ... confusion/
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Conflicts with EU free movement rules have thrown the UK's £1.2 billion electronic borders program into disarray.

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Possible problems with the scheme emerged after the Home Office sought assurances that asking for passenger information well ahead of flights was within EU rules and became public after the EU response was considered by MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee.

A report from the Home Affairs Select Committee warns the e-border scheme may be illegal if compulsory because it potentially violates EU laws on the free movement of people and goods between EU member states. "Commitments and assurances" made by the UK authorities mean the scheme itself is fine and it's just the compulsory element that's the problem, rather than any issues over data security and privacy.


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PostPosted: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:39:20 +0000 
Reg article links to Travel Permit Central UKBA : EU confirms e-Borders is legal
which is quite an interesting spin on it but the last sentence in the Reg quote above should explain why they can say this.

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18 December 2009

Phil Woolas MP, the Border and Immigration Minister, has refuted suggestions that the e-Borders scheme is not compliant with EU law. Responding to a Home Affairs Select Committee report published today, he said

'e-Borders is fully compliant with EU law and this has been confirmed by the European Commission.


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 Post subject: e borders
PostPosted: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:44:40 +0000 

Joined: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:15:06 +0000
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The EU has its own plans for gathering passenger data:

http://www.openeurope.org.uk/research/h ... ingyou.pdf

What I'm not clear about, and trying to find out, is whether this just applies only to passengers travelling from outside the EU or whether it applies also to travellers within the EU.


Last edited by margaret curran on Fri, 01 Jan 2010 15:04:56 +0000, edited 1 time in total.

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