In 2007 the 29th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference was held in Montreal Conference.
During the conference the issues of passenger data being exchanged between countries were highlighted, this was a very thinly veiled snub at the US demand for data from the EU, which goes against the EUs own data protection laws, but a point on which the EU capitulated on after pressure from Washington.
Some of the points conference raised were:
- passenger data can be used to make inferences about religion, ethnicity and other
highly sensitive matters;
- many governments around the world are increasingly asking for more and more data from
- carriers collect passenger data for commercial purposes and are being asked to provide it
for law enforcement purposes;
Later the conference noted and reaffirmed that:
..data protection and privacy rights, as enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other legal instruments, protect individuals and their personal data and must be considered along with other rights in any proposals involving the transfer and use of passenger data for law enforcement purposes
The 2007 Report into passenger data is available here – 2007-resolution-on-passenger-data