European Union: Improvements to Immigration Data Management Systems Across the European Union Proposed

The European Commission has outlined its proposals to enhance existing immigration and criminal information data management systems and to implement new programs through legislation.eu flag

Proposed Enhancements

The following are among the Commission’s proposals to enhance existing programs:

• Standardizing passenger information obtained through the Passenger Name Records system, which uses data to identify high-risk travelers;
• Improving the functionality of the Schengen Information System (SIS) to allow the use of facial images for identification and to enhance the existing alert system, among other improvements.
• Establishing systems to automatically update data regarding stolen or lost travel documents through the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database;
• Establishing automated cross-checking of Advance Passenger Information against the SIS and SLTD databases;
• Enhancing the functionality of the Visa Information System by enabling biometric matching, reducing the age limit for collection of children’s fingerprints and facilitating cross-database data comparison; and
• Reforming the EURODAC system – a fingerprint database used to identify asylum seekers and irregular border-crossers – by improving return and readmission procedures.

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