‘Smart Borders’ Proposed by European Commission Raises Human Rights Concerns

“Proposed new EU border controls spark human rights concerns,” from Press TV:

Experts from across Europe gathered at a conference in Brussels to consider the European Commission’s plan to introduce a so-called Smart Borders Package. The 1.1-billion euro plan proposes to use the latest technology to gather and retain personal information of people crossing E-U borders.

700 million people move in and out of the European Union each year. Under the new measures, some 100 million people annually will have prints taken from each of their ten fingers on entry or exit. E-U authorities say state-of-the-art technology will speed up border crossings and improve security. The exact location and time of entry and exit will be recorded and stored as well. Recent revelations regarding the mass surveillance of citizens by the U-S and the U-K have brought this debate into sharp focus.

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