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Volume 11 |Article ID 271042 |

Paul De Hert, Rocco Bellanova, "Mobility Should Be Fun. A Consumer (Law) Perspective on Border Check Technology", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 11, Article ID 271042, 13 pages, 2011.

Mobility Should Be Fun. A Consumer (Law) Perspective on Border Check Technology

Academic Editor: Fotini-Niovi Pavlidou
Received20 Oct 2010
Revised29 Nov 2010
Accepted15 Dec 2010


After 9/11, states looked at transportation as if it was a matter of paying taxes: “We cannot make it fun, but we can make it efficient.” When traveling, we are asked to pass on data, give body samples, and pass through body scanners in the name of the general interest and in the name of our safety. Technology complements existing human checks and controls. Here we take a fresh look at the new security apparatuses and make transportation of humans more passenger-centered. Consumer protection law might help to complement the existing use of data protection law principles by citizen organizations. It should be possible to satisfy consumer needs, without forgetting the perspective of the citizen.

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