posted on Sep, 21 2003 @ 10:07 PM
What I find particularly disturbing about this story is that the US is being charged with being the more aggressive in terms of invading personal
privacy, compared to the EU, newly crowned home of Big Brother.....
The government's plan to collect personal data on airline and cruise passengers in order to prevent terrorists from entering the country is running
into resistance from the European Union, which says the proposal violates its privacy laws.
The issue has the potential to erupt into a major trade dispute if the United States and EU fail to reach a compromise, said Peter Swire, an Ohio
State University law professor who advised President Clinton on privacy issues.
"If the Europeans push on this, they could make it very painful for the U.S. carriers, who would be caught in the middle of a political issue,"
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and his undersecretary, Asa Hutchinson, will meet Monday with EU internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein
in Brussels to discuss the matter.
The issues at the heart of the dispute are similar to those being raised in America about the Transportation Security Administration's plan to
collect personal information on all domestic airline passengers to ensure no wanted criminals or potential terrorists board planes.