European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS): A Flanking Measure of the EU's Visa Policy with Far Reaching Privacy Implications
8 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 6, 2017
On 16 November 2016, the European Commission released its proposal on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The latter shall be the equivalent of the US ESTA system, according to which all visa exempt travellers will be subject to screening prior to their travel. In essence, the ETIAS entails the collection, storage and further processing of millions of records of travellers, including sensitive data of previously unsuspected individuals with serious implications for privacy and data protection. This briefing note provides an overview of the Commission proposal, by explaining its historical background, outlining its main elements and pointing out key privacy challenges.
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