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As of June 18, 2007, the Government of Canada introduced the Passenger Protect Program to create a border control system as an anti-terrorism measure.
The Passenger Protect Program requires that all air carriers flying out of and into Canada check passenger names at check-in, comparing them to the names on the list prepared and provided by the Canadian Authorities, in order to assess whether or not to allow the passengers on this list to board. The Passenger Protect Program, which was initially voluntary, became mandatory for airlines in September 2008.
In order to avoid considerable fines or, in the worst case scenario, lose the right to land in Canada, Alitalia complied with the requirements, obtaining, in advance, the necessary favorable opinion from the Italian Data Protection Authority. In fact, although the Italian Data Protection Authority requested further analyses from the European Commission of the Passenger Protect Program, it gave a favorable opinion based on the balance of interests, pursuant to Art. 24 letter g. of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003.
Alitalia requires the following data to subsequently send to the Canadian Authorities: name, date of birth, gender and passport number.
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