Chris Jones

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

UN Security Council mandates worldwide air travel surveillance and profiling, biometric collection, terrorist watchlists

"In the name of "preventing, detecting and investigating terrorist offenses and related travel," all UN Member States must develop systems for processing and analysing Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API) and "fingerprints, photographs, facial recognition, and other... Read more

Irregular migration to Spain: a state of exception

"In late 2017, a prison-to-be was converted into a detention centre by Spain’s interior ministry, and used to hold some 500 Algerian nationals travelling to the country by dinghy. One of them subsequently died, isolated in his cell. The majority of detainees have now been deported, and an official... Read more

Massive biometric 'smart borders' database may be illegal

"Longstanding plans for an EU Entry/Exit System (EES) which would store the fingerprints, a facial image and other personal data on all travellers entering the Schengen area are running into serious problems as the implications of a recent court ruling on an EU-Canada air passenger surveillance... Read more

A chance to change EU security research policy for the better

"By 2020, the European Union will have invested over €3 billion in the European security research programme, which is supposed to develop “innovative technologies and solutions that address security gaps and lead to a reduction in the risk from security threats.” In practice, the programme has been... Read more

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