IT systems can help trace missing migrant children and combat identity theft. But there are also significant risks to people’s fundamental rights, for instance not being fairly treated within the asylum procedure. So finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in a new report. As authorities increasingly rely on these systems, the report suggests ways to better defend the rights of those affected.
The Agency hosted a panel discussion at the annual Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference in Brussels on 26 January.
This year the Agency will see the return of its landmark Fundamental Rights Forum. Following the success of the 2016 event, it will again bring together a diverse group of people from many walks of life but this time will explore what belonging means to different groups. In doing so, the Forum will seek to find ways how best to instil a culture of fundamental rights across the EU by demonstrating that human rights are for everyone and must be respected by everyone.
Interoperability between information systems for borders and security can help border and law enforcement officials thanks to fast and easy access to information about non-EU nationals entering the EU. However, as a new paper from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows in addition to benefits, there are also fundamental rights risks. These include using data for some purpose other than the one were designed for, unlawful access to personal data, replicating incorrect data about a given person, and children being linked to immigration offences their parents committed.
The Agency's Director explained the fundamental rights implications of interoperable border management and security information systems to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 29 May in Brussels.
On 4 May, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty spoke at the European University Institute’s State of the Union conference in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy, an annual event that reflects on the EU and its future and whose theme this year was ‘Building a People’s Europe’.
A high-level expert group on information systems and interoperability met on 21 February in Brussels.Member States, EU institutions and agencies, such as FRA, took part in the meeting.
The proposal to revise the rules governing the EU’s large-scale biometrics database, Eurodac, may jeopardise or enhance the rights of migrant children, suggests the latest Opinion from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It examines the impact on children and suggests greater emphasis on child protection. It reveals how this particularly vulnerable group needs stronger child protection safeguards to ensure they are not coerced to give fingerprints, they understand what is happening to them and their right to asylum is not affected.
The Agency highlighted some of the fundamental rights implications of using biometrics in border management during the Biometrics Institute’s Annual Conference in London on 18-20 October.
FRA and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) have signed a working agreement in Vienna on 6 July.