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Implications of using biometrics featured at computers, privacy & data protection conference

The Agency hosted a panel discussion at the annual Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference in Brussels on 26 January.

The panel discussed the fundamental rights implications of using biometrics in Europe’s large-scale migration and security information systems. The panel discussions covered both existing systems as well as proposed systems. The panel highlighted concrete cases when asylum seekers have suffered because of wrong decisions taken based on inaccurate data in IT systems. FRA referred to findings of its upcoming report on EU IT-systems and the use of biometrics due out in March.

During the conference, the Agency also joined a panel discussion on 25 January on whether the nationality of an individual under surveillance is and should be relevant to the in the context of surveillance. It drew on its surveillance findings during the debate.