Even with the dollar continuously falling against the Euro, we may be seeing less Europeans visit the States over the next several years. If they find out about a proposed agreement between the US and EU about keeping passengers personal information for 15 years, that is.
Yes, the US Department of Homeland Security would be able to not only hold the names of passengers, but their addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information for a lot of years after they take a trip to the States.
Though the information would be moved to an “unused database” (we’re not sure what that means exactly) after five years, it could be moved back to an active database anytime over the next 10 years if officials deem it necessary.
While we understand the need for tightened security when it comes to terrorism, it sounds a bit scary – and unnecessary – that people’s credit card information will be stored in some unused database.
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What kind of information does Homeland Security get to keep on US citizens? Well, they can seize your laptop for an indefinite period of time when you fly back into the country and share your employment history with the FBI if local law enforcement claims you’ve been acting suspiciously.
But will this new agreement between the US and EU deter to flocks of Europeans from invading San Francisco and New York every summer? That remains to be seen. Even though air travel has seen some dips over the years since 9/11 and the implementation of Homeland Security, those dips seem to be more linked to the recession than worries over privacy issues.