EDPS warns against EU plan to scan migrants' biometric data

26/01/2024 | EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released an Opinion concerning an EU plan to use automatic fingerprinting and facial recognition on migrants and asylum-seekers. EDPS Wojciech Wiewiorowski said: "The fight against the smuggling of migrants and trafficking of human beings is an important objective of general interest. Nevertheless, I stress that there is no evidence that the measures envisaged in the Regulation are actually justified. I take the lack of an impact assessment as worrying, given the nature of the personal data at stake."

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