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Daily Dashboard | EU set to approve new biometric database Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, May 24, 2019

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European Union lawmakers are going forward with the creation of a database that collects biometric data for all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area, Politico reports. The system would bring together current databases that track migration, travel and crime and is expected to be approved by the European Parliament. The plans for the all-encompassing system go against the EU's position in 2010 when it said such a database would “constitute a gross and illegitimate restriction of individuals’ right to privacy and data protection” and “pose huge challenges in terms of development and operation.” Data protection professionals believe the system is unnecessarily invasive, while former member of the European Commission’s Security Advisory Group Reinhard Kreissl said the database “could be useless, or even counterproductive.”
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