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Eurodac Database: European states will take the fingerprints of immigrants from six years of age

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The European Union has founded a commitment to an update of the Eurodac* file, which records the fingerprints of immigrants arriving in Europe. The minimum age of 14 years should be reduced to 6 years “to better seek missing children”.

The members of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement to strengthen Eurodac, the migrants’ database, which includes reducing the age to take the fingerprints of children under 6 years of age. The minimum age was 14 years. The goal is “to help identify and search for missing children, as well as identify family ties.”

The “Eurodac” system was created to facilitate the application of the Dublin Regulation, which determines the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application. Clearly, to launch an asylum application in the European Union, a fingerprint is mandatory. These fingerprints are scanned and transferred to a European database called Eurodac. Once registered with Eurodac, an asylum seeker can no longer apply for asylum in another country. (more…)

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Inside the surveillance capital of Europe (UK)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

From 325 #2 / April 2005
The evolution and spread of the industrial-technological surveillance state in the 7 years since this text was written has been fast-paced and this text is archived here for reference and interest. If an active critique of the totalitarian mechanisms of social control was necessary in 2005, the same critique is even more needed now; against these advancing forms of technical domination and the hierarchical society which demands them. For war against the existent…

Britain is full of companies involved in the worst kinds of financial activity, the population is terrorised by government-media campaigns, held captive by aggressive borders, and attacked by violent police who kill with impunity. Behind the ‘democratic’ facade is Empire, enforced by ever more complex means. Every day people are scrutinised under intense surveillance and subjected to the highest levels of consumer propaganda. The authorities are enthusiastic advocates of control technology in all of its guises and have long set the benchmarks for others across the globe. There are an estimated 4.5 million CCTV cameras installed across the country: one per 14 people. This tidal wave of CCTV certainly shows no signs of abating, if anything it is gaining momentum, Britain is on the verge of a Closed-Circuit Television transformation – Companies and researchers are pushing the latest development – Digital, or ‘Smart’ CCTV. (more…)

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Posted in Social Control