The Netherlands is investigating whether Belgium




should follow all travel data with storage
Together with Belgium, the Netherlands is exploring whether it should collect and analyze travel data from bus, train and boat passengers. Belgium will do this with its Passenger Information Unit that started on Monday. In the Netherlands, such a Passenger Information Unit starts at the end of May.

When asked whether the Netherlands will collect data from bus, train and boat passengers, just like Belgium, a spokesman for Justice Minister Grapperhaus replied to the AD : “We are exploring the possibilities, together with our Belgian colleagues.” The question was asked following the start of the Passenger Information Unit in Belgium, or BelPIU.

Every European member state must set up such a unit for the storage of flight data. The units receive the passport data, contact information, itinerary, baggage details, seat number and airline payment data and can analyze and share these with other Member States with the aim of combating terrorism and serious crime. The data are stored unprocessed for six months, after which they are stored anonymous for an additional 4.5 years, as was previously shown in the European directive .

In Belgium it is already certain that the Passenger Information Unit will collect and check passenger lists of international air, train, bus and boat journeys on the basis of databases of the services within the Crisis Center: the federal police, State Security, the military intelligence service Adiv and customs services. That writes HLN .

The Belgian Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon, is working according to Zita on agreements with, among others, France on the Thalys and with the United Kingdom on the Eurostar with regard to the sharing of travel data. In time, bus, train and shipping data must be shared.

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