Chris Jones

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

EU pushes to link tracking databases

"The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper. Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking... Read more

New criminal records database for non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory"

"A new EU database for holding information on convicted non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory", says an analysis (pdf) published today by Statewatch. The European Criminal Records Information System for Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) will allow Member States to search for... 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