Migration Trends: US Americans apply for EU citizenship

June 10, 2008 at 7:18 am | Posted in Politics | 9 Comments
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An article by the Palm Beach Post:

“With an EU passport, I can live and work in 27 countries,” said Suzanne Mulvehill of Lake Worth. “With a U.S. passport, I can live and work in one.”

Americans can claim citizenship in any of the 27 European countries that are in the EU based on the nationality of their parents, or in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents. Citizenship in one of those countries allows you to live and work in any EU nation.

Since the United States doesn’t keep statistics on dual citizens, it’s impossible to know exactly how many people have applied for citizenship in Europe. But it’s estimated that more than 40 million Americans are eligible for dual citizenship, and a growing number of Americans want to try their luck elsewhere.

I am not 100% sure whether the criteria as described in the box on the left of the article are profoundly researched – anyone who as a proof of German descent, regardless whether it’s on mother of father’s side, can apply for a German passport as far as I know.
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Definition of an identifiable person

April 29, 2008 at 10:12 am | Posted in privacy | Leave a comment
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Just a snippet from the PRISE conference I am attending right now:

dentifiable Person – means a natural person that is or can be identified, directly or indirectly, as a particular person by reference to an identification number or to one or more aspects of the person’s physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity. Identifiable Persons may include any employee, applicant, former employee, or retiree of Datalogic, its operating divisions, or subsidiaries in the EU.

Personal Data – is any information about an Identifiable Person that

* is within the scope of the EU Directive,
* is received by Datalogic in the U.S. from the EU,
* is recorded in any form and
* is about, or pertains to, a specific individual; and
* can be linked to that individual.

Personal Data does not include information that is encoded or anonymized, or publicly available information that has not been combined with non-public Personal Data.

Processing – means any online, offline or manual processing and includes such activities as copying, filing, and inputting Personal Data into a database.

Sensitive Data – is data that pertains to medical or health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, sexual orientation or any other data that is identified as “sensitive” by the Identifiable Person.

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