Passenger data to be forwarded to the police ({{commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Airport
Tallinn Airport Source: (Siim Lõvi /ERR)

Starting this year, airlines will automatically forward booking information to the Police and Border Guard Board, where it will be processed by the analytics department of the Central Criminal Police.

Apart from the Central Criminal Police, other authorities that will have access to the data are the Security Police, the Tax and Customs Board, and the Defense Ministry’s Information Board. The data forwarded includes the name of the passenger, their destination, where and when the ticket was bought, and the means of payment, Eesti Päevaleht reported.

Erkki Koort, Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of the Interior, said that the system was currently in its testing phase, but that they expected it to be fully implemented within the first half of the year.

The airlines have been gathering this kind information for years, the main change is that now they will forward it directly.

The analysis of passenger and booking information is used to support the investigation of crimes, to work against organized crime, and to prevent terrorist attacks. Suspects show certain patterns of movement and activity, and following these, they can be identified and tracked.

An example of the work of such a system is the arrest of Faisal Shahzad in New York in 2010, who had attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.