Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: Databases

  • German Data Protection Commissioner finds numerous deficiencies in surveillance

    German Data Protection Commissioner finds numerous deficiencies in surveillance

    Even police and secret services are not always convinced of the usefulness of their large databases. There is also criticism of licence plate scanners and surveillance technology from private manufacturers. On Wednesday, the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Ulrich…

  • German Federal Police: Hits from facial recognition more than doubled

    German Federal Police: Hits from facial recognition more than doubled

    Since 2008, German police authorities have been using a facial recognition system to identify unknown persons. The facial database queried in this way has grown dramatically in the past year. The German Federal Police more than doubled the number of…

  • “Partial unavailability”: Largest EU police database repeatedly down

    “Partial unavailability”: Largest EU police database repeatedly down

    Since the Schengen Information System has been run by an EU agency, it has failed completely on at least 34 occasions. The latest incidents are only now being made public. The Schengen Information System (SIS II), launched in 1995, is…

  • Meeting in Washington: EU plans biometric super database

    Meeting in Washington: EU plans biometric super database

    The European Entry/Exit System will go live next spring. It is expected to surpass the world’s largest police biometric database in the US. With the Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems (eu-LISA) and Frontex, two EU agencies…

  • Plans for more data exchange: EU agreement with Interpol delayed

    Plans for more data exchange: EU agreement with Interpol delayed

    So far, only EU states and Europol are allowed to access databases at Interpol, but soon Frontex and the new public prosecutor’s office will be allowed to do so as well. The EU Parliament has drawn red lines for the…

  • EU PNR Directive: Germany stored and processed 63 million passengers

    EU PNR Directive: Germany stored and processed 63 million passengers

    Four years ago, the German parliament passed a Passenger Data Act, and since then, more and more travellers have been dragnetted. Federal police and customs take over “follow-up measures”. German police authorities processed around 212 million passenger data last year.…