Simon Davies writes:
The next time you check into a hotel in any European country – or indeed in many countries outside the EU – chances are you’ll be required to fill out a guest registration form. At the very least this form will demand information such as passport number, nationality, home address, telephone number, gender and date of birth.
Most travellers are blissfully unaware that this information is an internationallyavailable police and security resource required by law. Guests are rarely informed of the fact, despite the ubiquity of data protection laws in those countries.
Read more on Privacy Surgeon.
Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.