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Aircraft passenger data database to be formed to help increase airport security

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 10 January, Saeima’s Defence, Interior Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee concluded its work on Aircraft Passenger Data Processing Law. With it, the committee intends to create an aircraft passenger data registry, as reported by Saeima press-service.

The law is necessary to ensure law enforcement authorities are able to process passenger data, perform terrorist threat analysis, prevent crimes and avert risks to state security.

Following recent terrorist attacks, other EU member states have agreed on the need for such regulations. It was during Latvia’s presidency in the first half of 2015 that EU member states agreed on the introduction of such a directive.

Aircraft passenger data will allow security institutions to reveal people involved in criminal acts with no prior criminal record, as stated in the annotation to the law.

Airlines will be obligated to send data for its automated registration no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 24 hours before passenger aircraft’s departure. In the event of an emergency, to prevent a terrorist attack, for example, security institutions will have the right to demand passenger data even earlier than that.

In addition, information regarding passengers will be allowed to be provided to foreign services to help prevent possible crimes.

Passengers’ data will be processed in accordance with general personal data protection requirements. The government will have to develop requirements for data transfer and storage in the registry, as stated in the legislative draft.

«Security situation in the world and Europe has changed drastically. Because of that, there is now a much greater need for security measures to further improve aircraft safety and border control measures, as well as prevent terrorist attacks. It can help combat international terrorism and organized crime. This includes illegal trade of narcotics, sexual abuse of children, human trafficking and money laundering,» – authors of the legislative draft say.

It is planned that this law will come into force 3 April. Airlines will have to start submitting data to the registry no later than 1 September, deputies decided.

Aircraft Passenger Data Processing Law will have to be viewed by the Saeima in the third reading.

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