Conference on future developments in automated border control

Passport control
Passport control
FRA took part in the 1st Global Conference and Exhibition on Future Developments of Automated Border Control (ABC), which was organised by Frontex, on 25-26 October.

ABC is the use of automated or semi-automated systems which can verify the identity of travellers at border crossing points, without the need for human intervention. The conference brought together representatives of EU and Member States institutions and bodies, as well as representatives of the security industry, research community and international organisations. Work to promote interoperability between systems is on-going through a number of harmonisation and standardisation efforts at global as well as European levels. As the security of the travel documents has considerably improved over the years, the issuing process and the crucial role of civil registries in this process was highlighted. FRA is following the developments from a fundamental rights perspective, particularly since privacy and data protection concerns may emerge. Moreover, access to ABC gates for children, families with children, and people with disabilities is an issue with possible fundamental rights implications.

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