Europe is being urged to beef up its anti-terrorist operations, by collecting information on air travellers and cracking down on militant web sites. Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists remain a major threat, and the European Commission is suggesting adopting similar rules to those already in force in the United States.
Individual EU countries would have to collect personal data on passengers flying to or from Europe, including phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and payment and travel details. America introduced the measures after the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001. Critics though, say such a move would breach citizens’ privacy rights, and would weaken an individual’s position in relation to authority.