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EU Closer to Adopting Biometric Security Measures, and Drones Too!

From Deutsche Welle:
The European Commission agreed to a plan to collect fingerprints and photographs from foreigners entering the EU, part of an effort to fortify the bloc's borders.  The plan, which was presented on Wednesday, Feb. 13, could see EU funds used to develop surveillance equipment like cameras, sensors and pilot-less drones. Civil libertarians argue that the controversial measures infringe on people's privacy and won't fight crime.  But proponents of the plan called the proposals "further building blocks in the often stated aim of the European Union to build a space of free and secure travel through collective responsibility and solidarity."
Yesterday’s Washington Post also had an interesting article on the topic:

If approved by the European Parliament, the measure would mean that precisely identifying information on tens of millions of citizens will be added in coming years to databases that could be shared by friendly governments around the world.

The United States already requires that foreigners be fingerprinted and photographed before they enter the country. So does Japan...
The plan is part of a vast and growing trend on both sides of the Atlantic to collect and share data electronically to identify and track people in the name of national security and immigration control.


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joe on :

How does this address the ones who are already there? It seems those known individuals who have conducted or have attempted to conduct terrorist acts were already established in Europe.

Zyme on :

This is no measurement to adress those who are already here.

Richelle on :

I wonder how effective fingerprinting every individual entering the EU will be. While it may seem like a roadblock to those attempting terrorists acts, won't that mean terrorists organizations will send people who have never been fingerprinted before? These people would not send up red flags as they passed through particular borders. It does seem apparent that fingerprinting every individual that enters particular borders and having friendly nations share this information would be a recipe for infringing on civil liberties. I am nervous civil liberties have the potential to be infringed upon. What happens when a friendly nation is friendly no more, yet they have a gold mine of information to do harm with. Does the security that's gained outweigh the potential for mischief?

Kyle Atwell on :

"Does the security that's gained outweigh the potential for mischief?" Richelle, I feel like this is a hard question for just about any layman to answer since we don't have much of a clue about how much these measures actually enhance security. My feeling is that most people will give a visceral response to new security measures like the ones proposed by the EU... they will either say: a) this is horrible, violation of civil rights, down with Big Brother! or b) its in the name of security... these are sacrifices we have to make But really, how many of us really know what intelligence is helpful and which is superfluous? I think this lack of knowledge is extremely frustrating because it makes oversight of intelligence agencies very tricky.

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