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Yorkshire MEP angry at more erosion of civil liberties


12:00am 28th May 2011

An MEP has described as 'a disgrace" the government's decision to sacrifice more personal freedoms on the altar of the EU.

"It's bad enough when we are forced to acquiesce to demands from Brussels - because of the folly of our membership - but when the government chooses to opt in to EU directives it is a disgrace,"

Said Godfrey Bloom, UKIP Euro-MP for York.

He was speaking after the announcement that Britain is to opt into the directive on passenger name records.

Currently Britain collects the data on a passenger's passport, such as name, date of birth, gender and country of birth.

Under the new EU wide power, airlines will be forced to hand over all the other information they collect - at least 19 extra pieces of data and it will be stored for up to five years.

"The draft directive initially just applied to flights in and out of Europe but Britain wants the power to apply to flights within Europe as well and has proposed an amendment as part of its deal to opt in,"

Said Mr Bloom.

"This is all done in name of fighting terrorism but it is really a further erosion of civil liberties.The database will store such crucial information as what a passenger ate, where they sat, their phone number and credit card details.

"Why should British holidaymakers going off on a carefree break on the continent be the subject of such scrutiny?

"Before the General Election the Conservatives promised to cut back on the surveillance state. It's yet one more pledge they have not kept,"


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