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The impact of the use of body scanners in the field of aviation security on human rights, privacy, personal dignity, health and data protection

Consultation period: 27/11/2008 - 19/02/2009

Objective of the consultation

This consultation is carried out in the light of a Resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 23 October 2008 on the impact of aviation security measures and body scanners on human rights, privacy, personal dignity and data protection.

The EP Resolution asks the Commission to:

  • carry out an impact assessment relating to fundamental rights;

  • consult the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the Article 29 Working Party and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA);

  • carry out a scientific and medical assessment of the possible health impact of such technologies;

  • carry out an economic, commercial and cost-benefit impact assessment.

 

Body Scanners Task Force

In addition to the questionnaire, the Commission is organising a 'public-private dialogue' that will take the form of a Body Scanners Task Force. The first meeting of the Body Scanners Task Force will take place on Friday 12 December 2008 in Brussels. The meeting will take place in English only.

If you would like to attend the meeting of the Body Scanners Task Force, you are kindly requested to apply for an invitation by Wednesday 3 December 2008 at the latest by sending an e-mail to the dedicated mailbox: tren-bodyscanners@ec.europa.eu

In this email you should indicate the name, organisation and e-mail address of the person(s) that would like to attend the Task Force meeting.

Based on the number of requests received, you will by Friday 5 December 2008 at the latest be informed whether or not you can attend the meeting. The Commission will ensure that a balanced representation of interested parties is allowed to attend the meeting. Please note that only invitation holders will be permitted access to the meeting.

Report

On the basis of these consultations, the Commission will make a report on body scanners and the impact of their use in the field of aviation security on human rights, privacy, personal dignity, health and data protection. The report will address the questions raised by the European Parliament in its Resolution on body scanners. It will also form the basis of whether or not the Commission will bring forward legislation to allow body scanners as a method of screening at airports and/or under what conditions they could be allowed.

Related documents

Consultation document

Questionnaire and background information pdf - 48 KB [48 KB]

In order to address the issues raised by the European Parliament in its Resolution, questions as set out below have been developed for consultation of interested parties, including the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the Article 29 Working Party and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

The Commission is kindly requesting you to respond to the questions below to the extent possible and as concisely as possible. You are not obliged to answer all questions. For example, the EDPS may choose to ignore the questions raised in part II on the detection capabilities of body scanners, whereas equipment manufacturers would be in the position to answer these questions.

Responses to the questions below should be provided by Friday 19 December 2008 at the latest by e-mail to the dedicated mailbox: tren-bodyscanners@ec.europa.eu