European Data Protection Digest

MEPS To Gain Access to Eurodac for Fingerprint Data

BIOMETRICS—EU

April 25, 2013

Malta Today is reporting that a deal between the European Parliament and European Council will allow EU member states’ police and Europol to access Eurodac’s database of asylum seekers’ fingerprints in an effort to combat terrorism and serious crime. In addition to ensuring that the proper safeguards are in place for applicants’ information, MEPs also said access by police would only be allowed if "there is an overriding public security concern.” The deal has been endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee.
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