Statewatch article: RefNo# 36486
EU: Facial recognition to accompany fingerprints in transnational databases
Statewatch News Online, May 2016
"Last week, the European Commission published its proposal to recast the EURODAC Regulation, which includes plans for longer storage periods, an expansion of data categories and comparison capabilities, and mandatory fingerprinting and photographing. To date, EURODAC has been used for comparison of fingerprints.

Now the system is also to store facial images and facial recognition capabilities are to be added. There are two different search options. When checks are taking place, people’s images can be compared with available personal data to verify their identity (known as 1:1 matching). However, it is also possible to search for a face in the entire database (1:n)."


See: EU adds facial recognition capabilities to police databases (Die Linke, link) and the new proposals for Eurodac: Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of [Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (recast) (COM (2016) 272 final, pdf)

See also: France says protect free movement with mass fingerprinting, face scans and entry-exit logs (Statewatch News Online, October 2015)

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