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Flying In Or Out Of Ireland? New Anti-Terror Laws Mean Your Personal Details Will Be Stored

By Shirleydonlon

February 5, 2018 at 10:20am


Under new anti-terror laws, airlines will supply passenger information to the Government from non EU flights entering or leaving Ireland.

The new legislation, which is due to come into effect in May of this year, is part of a "shared intelligence network" to tackle serious crime, according to the Irish Mirror

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: "The establishment of this passenger name record system is an essential component of the Irish and EU anti-terrorism infrastructure."

He said the proposed new system is recognised in the EU as a key element in fighting terrorism.

"It will facilitate informed, co-ordinated and targeted action among member states and enhance national and EU security to protect the safety and lives of individual citizens."

The new rules will have safeguards in place in order to protect people’s data, and to ensure the data is solely used for fighting terrorism and other serious crime, according to the publication.

The new Passenger Information Unit will be based in Dublin.

A Data Protection Commissioner spokesman said: "This legislation is derived from an EU directive and it is expected it will adhere to data protection legislation and jurisprudence set down by the European Court of Justice."

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