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Visa Information System: child fingerprinting and police access proposals criticised by data protection authorities

"European data protection authorities have strongly criticised the European Commission's proposals to extend the Visa Information System (VIS), arguing that the lowering of the fingerprinting age for children, access to visa data by law enforcement authorities and the storage of long-stay visas and residence permits in the database fail to meet basic data protection and fundamental rights standards.

In a letter sent on 19 December 2018 but circulated in the Council the following day, the VIS Supervision Coordination Group (SCG, made up of the data protection authorities of all EU Member States participating in the VIS) made a number of proposals to the Member States.

The Council, however, reached its position for negotiations with the European Parliament on 19 December - and its position does not take into account any of the recommendations made by the VIS SCG. The European Parliament has not yet come to a negotiating position."

Visa Information System: child fingerprinting and police access proposals criticised by data protection authorities (Statewatch, 21 January 2019)

Photo: Manolo Gómez, CC BY 2.0

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