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Statewatch Analysis: Commission proposals on migration and internal security databases: a new list of old "needs"
Statewatch News Online, April 2016
The Commission’s proposal to extend the fingerprinting of short-stay visa applicants to children from the ages of 6 and up is part of a list of possible “enhanced functionalities” (i.e. expanded uses) of the Visa Information System (VIS). These “functionalities” will be examined as part of a larger process of trying to beef up EU and national databases and information systems.

In a Communication entitled ‘Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security’ the Commission sets out its plans for more gathering, exchange and processing of personal data, particularly the data of non-EU nationals. The Commission’s long-term plans are extremely similar to those proposed recently by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (see further below).

The Communication opens by noting the scale of movement into and out of the Schengen area: its external borders were crossed more than 200 million times in 2015, by “more than 50 million non-EU nationals”. It moves on to conflate refugees with terrorism and to insist upon “the need to join up and strengthen the EU’s border management, migration and security cooperation frameworks and information tools in a comprehensive manner.”

See the full text: Commission proposals on migration and internal security databases: a new list of old "needs" (pdf) by Chris Jones

And see: EU calls for the fingerprinting of 6-year-old children

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