Dutch MEP announces court case about PNR-data

By EDRi · July 30, 2003

A Dutch member of the European Parliament is threatening to take the European Commission to court for failing to protect the digital privacy of its EU citizens. EU MP Johanna Boogerd is also vice-chairman of LIBE, the parliamentary committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. She opposes the agreement between the Commission and US Customs that allows for live access for an unlimited amount of US security officials to information about European air passengers, including sensitive personal data like travel history and food preferences.

As she explains in an interview with Radio Netherlands, providing such access to third parties breaks EU laws and directives designed to protect the privacy of the individual. Ms Boogerd says that although the European laws are under review for being too harsh, privacy cannot be altogether ignored.

Interview with Johanna Boogerd (24.07.2003)