Privacy rights must be protected -Martina Anderson MEP
“Whilst the mind boggles at the invasive and unnecessary Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal - we in Sinn Fein welcome the introduction of more robust data protection initiatives, such as the good report authored by Mr. Albrecht on a renewed data protection regulation.
“The right to the protection of personal data is enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
“Both documents seek to protect individual's rights to privacy, for instance protecting private medical records and preventing insurance companies from potentially misusing personal and deeply private information.
"PNR proposals on the other hand do the complete opposite. PNR involves the collection and storage of a huge amount of personal information gathered from airliners. This information includes all information given to book flights as well as what language passengers speak, what their seating preferences are, if they require a wheelchair or possess specialty dietary requirements which are often a result and an indicator of religious belief."
"PNR is an invasive, expensive violation of civil liberties and lacks any credible security value.
"As such, Sinn Féin, along with other progressive forces, have signed a rejection amendment to attempt to stop PNR being passed in the European Parliament tomorrow."
Speaking after the debate Martina Anderson MEP concluded,
"The institutions of the European Parliament may, this week, give with one hand and take with the other. The data protection packages are welcome steps whilst PNR is a huge step backwards.
“The Data Protection Regulations, presently available, whilst not perfect, are a step in the right direction.“The European institutions should build on this platform and concern themselves more with the protection of the civil liberties of citizens, than what meal they order on a flight.”