New super-databases: EU agencies get experience from the USA
The EU wants to store fingerprints and facial images of over 400 million people from third countries in a single silo. US authorities already have such a system for around 275 million people. Both sides now want to cooperate more closely on this matter. The European Union is currently merging all databases containing biometric data […]
Access to biometric data: Five states concede to U.S. government demand, MEPs speak of ‚blackmail‘
Visa-free entry to the United States will be tied to a new requirement. Officials there want to be allowed to conduct automated searches for fingerprints and facial images in national databases of EU states. In Brussels, questions now abound about the EU’s jurisdiction. At least five governments worldwide have agreed to give the U.S. Department […]
Border Security Partnership: EU states consider unprecedented biometrics agreement with U.S.
In a letter to several EU member states and the Commission, the U.S. government threatens a new condition for visa-free entry. There is confusion in Brussels over a response. Parliament was the last to be informed about the initiative, although it concerns fingerprints and facial images. Since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government and the […]
Disrupted supply chains: Chip shortage hampers new EU databases
An EU agency is building a recognition system with biometric data on 400 million travellers. The contractors seem to have overstretched themselves In future, anyone wishing to enter the European Union without a visa will have to register in a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) via a form on the internet, providing information […]