Brussels airports sentenced for temperature checks – POLITICO


The Belgian privacy authority has fined the Brussels airports of Zaventem and Charleroi for carrying out temperature checks on passengers.

Airports began temperature screening passengers in 2020 in a bid to eradicate those with coronavirus.

In a statement on Monday, the country’s privacy authority said the filtering breached privacy rules, fining Zaventem and Charleroi airports €200,000 and €100,000 respectively.

The privacy authority said that despite the public health emergency, airports had not identified a legal basis for processing people’s temperatures, which are considered sensitive information under the EU law. The authority previously warned that the practice may not be legal.

Brussels Zaventem Airport did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brussels Charleroi Airport could not be reached for comment.

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