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By Kable, 8 April, 2010 10:51
Data protection laws in other European countries will decide whether the UK Border Agency receives information on those travelling to Britain
A report from Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee reveals that the European Commission has told the UK Border Agency (UKBA) it will not be able to refuse entry to EU citizens and their family members whose passenger data is not available to the £1.2bn e-Borders system.
In addition, transport providers will be instructed not to deny boarding to anybody who does not provide additional passenger information, the data held in the machine readable area of a passport or identity document.
The report refers to a letter sent by the commission to the agency in December, just before the publication of the committee's last report. "It would be for the data protection authority in the country in which the data processing occurred to decide whether it was appropriate for the carriers to collect such data," the report says.