An active discussion has arisen in the EU Member States concerning the threat that the use of new technology and the sharing of travellers’ data in order to detect terrorists, as well as the directive on recording of telephone conversations adopted earlier, will infringe people’s civil liberties. Critics of sharing travellers’ data and recording telephone conversations argue that such plans threaten the privacy of everyone and risk exposing non-EU nationals to even more discrimination. These threats are also of great importance to the nine countries that are set to join Schengen in the coming months, as it is felt that such data collection plans will infringe both immigrants and EU citizens’ rights.
What is the position of the Council concerning the implementation of the travellers’ data collection plan? What action does the Council plan to take in order to guarantee that civil liberties are not infringed but, on the contrary, safeguarded and protected?