Apr 182019
 
 April 18, 2019  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Caitlin L. Chandler and Chris Jones report:

The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper.

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

The question, say the plan’s critics, is whether it truly represents an improvement to safety — and whether it adequately takes into account concerns about civil liberties and privacy.

Read more on Politico.eu

h/t, Joe Cadillic

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