http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2260993/bor ... der-threatUK e-Borders scheme under threat
Programme 'impossible to achieve' in current timetable, says Home Affairs Select Committee
V3.co.uk, 08 Apr 2010
The government's controversial e-Borders programme has been dealt a blow by the European Commission (EC), which has warned that passengers entering the UK from other EU countries will not be bound by the scheme if it breaks their own data protection laws.
The EC stated in the letter that it will be happy with the programme only if "passengers who are EU citizens or their family members will not be refused entry/exit or incur sanctions in any way on the basis that their passenger data is unavailable to the UK authorities for whatever reason".
The letter went on to say that "carriers could not collect such data from passengers bound for the UK unless the local data protection authorities had confirmed this was compatible with national law".