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Volume 11 (2011), Pages 490-502
Opinion Paper

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

1LSTS - Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Free University of Brussels), Belgium
2TILT- University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
3CReSPo - Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels), Belgium

Received 20 October 2010; Revised 29 November 2010; Accepted 15 December 2010

Academic Editor: Fotini-Niovi Pavlidou

Copyright © 2011 Paul De Hert and Rocco Bellanova.


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.