An image of a digital fingerprint on a computer screen

Data files aid cross-border police cooperation.

Fingerprint Search

January 2010, Number 01.01

“The European Commission has adopted measures that now allow law enforcement agencies across the European Union to use the Eurodac fingerprint database to fight terrorism and serious crime.

The database, the European Dactyloscopie, already gives EU nations access to the fingerprints of applicants for asylum and people who have entered the union illegally. But the new measures aim to make the database more efficient by integrating the suggestions of the European Parliament and the European Council, a commission news release stated.

“Problems relating to cross-border law enforcement cooperation cannot be effectively dealt with at a national level, or on the basis of bilateral arrangements between member states,” said Jacques Barrot, the commission’s vice president responsible for justice, freedom and security. “only coordinated action at an EU level can ensure such cooperation.”

Barrot said not allowing law enforcement authorities Eurodac access to combat terrorism is a shortcoming the commission wants to correct with this proposal...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Fingerprint Search,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 44.

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