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Europe Data Protection Digest | EU continues work on world's largest biometric database Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 22 May 2020



Fortune reports on the EU's Common Identity Repository, which will hold the biometric information of hundreds of millions of people. Approved by the EU Parliament 16 April, the CIR consolidates six EU databases — three old and three new — containing biometric data of asylum seekers, foreign visitors, criminals and missing people. EU Parliament and Council are still working on “proper safeguards” to ensure data remains private and is used appropriately, which some believe will be an exhausting effort. “It demands constant vigilance because you’ve got all these databases, produced at different points of time,” said Maya Ganesh, a tech researcher at Leuphana University in Germany. “And in making it interoperable, there are constant threats of leaks and hacks and gaps.”
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