Asylum applicants and migrants apprehended at the external border have a duty to give their fingerprints. When their fingerprints are taken, persons have the right to understand who is processing their personal data and why. They have the right to know what data are stored and for how long. They should know how to access it, correct and erase their data, in case of mistakes and whom to contact for these purposes.
In practice, officers find it challenging to give information on all aspects of the data processing at the time when taking fingerprints. People are often unaware why they give their fingerprints and what happens to these.
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Eurodac stands for European Asylum Dactyloscopy - it stores, processes and compares the fingerprints of asylum applicants and migrants apprehended at the external border. It helps to identify the EU Member State responsible to examine an asylum claim. In the future, besides fingerprints, it will store the name, the facial image and other personal data.
Information must be:
Source: Eurodac Regulation 603/2013 (Article 29), General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (Article 12).
EU law requires giving the following information: