The recent voting last week in European Parliament makes it possible for EU to establish a huge biometrics database for EU and non-EU citizens, the interconnect series of border control, law enforcement systems and migration into a huge biometrics tracking and searchable database.
The new database would be known as Common Identity Repository (CIR) which is set to amalgamate the records of roughly 350 million people in Europe.
The CIR is designed to provide a real-time searchable database for all the citizens and migrants in Europe, the database will hold the information including name, date of birth, passport number, and other identification details including fingerprints and facial scans. The database will be interconnected with all border and law enforcement authorities.
According to the details, the major focus of the CIR system is to improve the efficiency of law enforcement and border officers who will search the integrated database system faster rather than searching individual databases.
“The new systems will include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new systems: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS),” EU officials said last week.
The CIR system was passed through the European Parliament last Monday with a 75% to 25% ratio of voting. The parliament also ensured people’s safety and privacy protection; the EU parliament said it would regulate the officers while accessing data.
The privacy advocates have been criticizing the shared biometrics database and called it a “point of no return”, they argue that once the system is up and running it would be the biggest people-tracking databases in the world, similar to the systems developed by the Chinese government and Aadhar system in India. The similar biometrics systems are also up running in the United States which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBR) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).