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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

MEPs against fingerprint data exchange with the UK during transition period

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 Maggio 2020

The Civil Liberties Committee gave a negative opinion on starting a fingerprint data exchange between the UK and EU countries without UK guarantees on reciprocity and data protection.Civil Liberties MEPs recommend that the Parliament rejects the Council draft implementing decision on the exchange of fingerprints with the UK by 35 votes for, 30 against, no abstentions. They ask the Council not to take any decision on the topic until the UK gives guarantees on full reciprocity and data protection and the new legal framework for the new partnership cooperation with the UK is concluded.The launch of the fingerprint exchange between the United Kingdom and EU member states, bound by the Prüm decision, would allow the responsible national authorities to share fingerprint data to prevent and investigate criminal offences.
This decision on the fingerprint data exchange would be limited to the transition period ending on 31 December. MEPs say however that, since it is not clear if the UK will meet EU data protection standards after this date, such a decision could pose a serious risk to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens after the transition period.Furthermore, MEPs think that the reciprocity of the data exchange should be guaranteed before any decision on the matter is taken. As stated in the Council draft implementing decision, the UK does not intend to make fingerprint data of suspects’ profiles available, in contrast with other member states participating in the Prüm system.The Parliament has a consultative role in the decision. The full House will vote on the Civil Liberties Committee’s recommendation in the plenary next week.

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