Irish Government ‘cheerleaders’ for EU encroachment on civil liberties

‘… access to citizens home address, mobile phone number, date of birth, credit card number, passport number, personal details and associations with other people’

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The Irish Government, which has consistently refused to check out United States military aircraft flying on war missions through Shannon, is allegedly behind EU measures to force citizens to provide confidential information for transfer to foreign intelligence services.

Martina Anderson, MEP, Sinn Fein
Martina Anderson, MEP,
Sinn Fein

Explaining what the EU is apparently moving on, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson, said in a statement that plans are afoot in Brussels for the rollout of a system known as the Passenger Name Record programme to enable “the mass collection and sharing of personal information by security agencies in the EU and beyond.”

She said, “A single PNR system imposed on Member States can contain information about your home address, your mobile phone number, your date of birth, your credit card number, your passport number and personal details about your travel preferences and your associations with other people.

“It also enables profiling – did you ask for a halal meal or a Kosher meal? Did you ask for one bed or two? Did you pay for someone else?”

Anderson, a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, said the provision, for which she described the Irish Government as “cheerleaders,” is not an anti-terror law. What it is she stressed, is “an expensive and unnecessary violation of basic civil liberties.”

EU MonitoringShe pointed out that “the mass collection of information from passengers who are not involved in terrorism or international organised crime has been condemned as unnecessary by the European Data Protection Supervisor.”

The perpetrators of terrorism and international crime “are well known to various member states” but the reality is that “the information is not being properly exchanged,” she said

She argued at EU level “that the scope of the PNR should focus on those areas and not capture everyone.”

EU PNR, she said, “needs to comply with the Data Retention judgement of the European Court of Justice which stated that massEU Image collection of data that is not targeted to certain categories is disproportionate and thus in violation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.”

She added that PNR programme is currently subject to a pending case in the European Court of Justice concerning its fundamental rights compatibility.