Chris Jones

Journalist, researcher, editor and occasional translator based in London.

MEPs make last-ditch attempt to halt mandatory fingerprinting of all ID holders

"Last-ditch amendments are being proposed by MEPs to try to prevent the mandatory fingerprinting of every national identity card holder in the EU and the potential construction of national fingerprint databases, before a final vote on a proposed new law in the European Parliament due this Thursday... Read more

Commission promises transparency for all groups influencing EU policy

"The European Commission has agreed to publish documents on the work of a high-level group that shaped the EU's military research programme and has said that any future such groups should be subject to the same transparency rules as other Commission-appointed expert bodies. In September 2018,... Read more

NGOs, EU and international agencies sound the alarm over Frontex's respect for fundamental rights

"The Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights has expressed "serious concerns about the effectiveness of Frontex's serious incident reporting mechanism," saying that it should be revised and that the border agency must "take additional measures to set up an effective system to monitor... Read more

UK: Expansion of the national DNA database accelerates

"The number of DNA profile records held in the UK's National DNA Database (NDNAD) increased by over 172,000 in the year up to March 2018, the biggest annual increase since over a million records were deleted from the system following the entry into force of the Protection of Freedoms Act. As of... Read more

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