The European Commission should limit the expansion of an agency it plans to create to operate the European Union’s visa and asylum databases, according to the EU’s data protection watchdog the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
The Commission has proposed the creation of an agency to run the databases behind the second Schengen Information System (SIS II) on cross-border travel within the EU; the Visa Information System; and asylum seeker database EURODAC.
EDPS Peter Hustinx is charged with advising EU governing bodies on data protection. He has said that he does not object to the creation of an Agency that would run three large EU databases, but that its powers must be limited from the start.
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