Fingerprinting (2014)


The European Commission is aware that some Member States may occasionally face difficulties in transmitting fingerprint data sets to Eurodac because data subjects do not cooperate by agreeing to be fingerprinted.

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Ad-hoc query on EURODAC fingerprinting (pdf, 218 kB)

Summary

The European Commission is aware that some Member States may occasionally face difficulties in transmitting fingerprint data sets to Eurodac because data subjects do not cooperate by agreeing to be fingerprinted.

The EURODAC Regulation (2725/2000) requires Member States to transmit to Eurodac the fingerprints of all asylum applicants (Article 4) and all persons apprehended crossing an external border irregularly (Article 8). The Commission would like to establish what law and practices exist in Member States in order to take fingerprints for transmission to the Eurodac database, both of asylum applicants and of irregular migrants. 

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