Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: VIS

  • New database: EU extends criminal records to third country nationals and stateless persons

    New database: EU extends criminal records to third country nationals and stateless persons

    Five EU biometric databases will be merged into a “Common Identity Repository”. The regulations of all systems have to be renewed. The possibilities of the authorities will be expanded. The European Union will extend its cross-border European Criminal Records Information…

  • New EU system for fingerprint identification activated

    New EU system for fingerprint identification activated

    The Schengen Information System (SIS II) now also has a system for identifying people using fingerprints. After a two-year trial period, the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was activated in March by the European Agency for the Operational Management of…

  • New data retention planned for border crossings of all European Union citizens

    New data retention planned for border crossings of all European Union citizens

    The European Union could soon save the date and place of each crossing of the EU’s external borders. Travellers’ identification documents would be read out and their biographical data saved along with information regarding border crossings. Police forces and intelligence…

  • Counter-terrorism and the inflation of EU databases

    Counter-terrorism and the inflation of EU databases

    Heiner Busch and Matthias Monroy. Translation by Viktoria Langer The topic of counter-terrorism in Europe remains closely linked to the development and expansion of police (and secret service) databases. This was the case in the 1970s, after 11 September 2001…

  • Pretty complicated: The European data landscape

    Pretty complicated: The European data landscape

    The Council of the European Union has published a diagram of all of information systems in the realm of justice and home affairs. This overview includes databases operated by the police, customs and agencies, as well as by Interpol. It…

  • The road to a population register: EU Commission outlines roadmap for a “common repository of data”

    The road to a population register: EU Commission outlines roadmap for a “common repository of data”

    With the statement “Data protection is all well and good, but in times of crisis like these, security takes precedence” the German Minister of the Interior called in March 2016 for a restructuring of EU databases. Major information systems, including…