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No to the generalised use of air passenger databases, Europe should not be transformed from an area of freedom to a surveillance zone – Press release, November 16th, 2007

AEDH has been watching, with great concern, the transformation of Europe from a haven of civil liberties to a surveillance zone. The number of initiatives drawn up to combat a vague, ill-defined terrorist threat has been multiplying in the European area. Such moves attempt to subject European and foreign citizens living or travelling in Europe to restrictions that go against the fundamental principles of the human rights protection. These include, among others, the use of biometric passports, the possibility of trading information between judicial and police authorities through the Treaty of Prüm system, and access to the Schengen Information System by other police organisations such as EUROPOL and EURODAC.

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