European Union: new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports

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The European Commission has adopted a proposal for an EU framework on security scanners. This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security scanners for the screening of passengers to do so under strict operational and technical conditions. Member States and airports do not have an obligation to deploy security scanners, but if they decide to use them, they will have to comply with the operational conditions and performance standards set at European level such as or example that:

  • security scanners shall not store, retain, copy, print or retrieve images;
  • any unauthorised access and use of the image is prohibited and shall be prevented;
  • the human reviewer analysing the image shall be in a separate location and the image shall not be linked to the screened person and others.

Passengers must be informed about conditions under which the security scanner control takes place. In addition, passengers are given the right to opt out from a control with scanners and be subject to an alternative method of screening.

Source: EU press release RAPID IP/11/1343 of Nov. 14, 2011

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