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EDPS Says Eurodac Proposal Is “Serious Intrusion”

BIOMETRICS—EU

September 6, 2012

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said the European Commission’s adoption of a proposal to allow Member States’ law enforcement authorities access to the Eurodac database is “a serious intrusion into the rights of a vulnerable group of people in need of protection,” EurActiv reports. Designed to curb illegal immigration, Eurodac is a new fingerprint database for individuals seeking asylum in EU-based countries. The EDPS added, “To intrude upon the privacy of individuals and risk stigmatizing them requires strong justification, and the commission has simply not provided sufficient reason why asylum seekers should be singled out for such treatment.”
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