Bulgaria: SANS to Collect Data for Pilots

State Agency "National Security" will collect data for pilots on planes, not just for passengers.

This was decided by the deputies, who adopted the second reading amendments to the law on SANS. The agency unit handling passenger name record data - names, booking dates, routes, addresses, and telephones - will now also collect information for pilots and flight attendants.

Carriers will be required to transmit to SANS passenger data 48 hours before the scheduled departure time for scheduled flights and 24 hours for non-scheduled flights.

Crew data will be provided immediately before the flight. If there is evidence of a real threat, air carriers must transmit the passenger and crew data at the request and within the time limits specified by the Agency.

The national unit to SANS will assess passengers and crew before the scheduled time of arrival or departure, the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of terrorist offences.

In the investigation of organized groups for auto theft, computer fraud in the investigation of traffickers, for crimes against political rights SANS will be able to require full information about passengers on all flights to and from Bulgaria. So far, it was only allowed for serious crimes.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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