14 February 2008

Biometric testing could be introduced to UK immigration procedures

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The European Union (EU) justice commissioner Franco Frattini has proposed the introduction of digital fingerprinting technology to bolster security at the EU's borders. Visitors from outside the EU could be greeted at airports with biometric testing as part of their visa restrictions, reports the BBC.

Mr Frattini announced the proposals as part of an extensive shake up to the EU's border security, where he also outlined plans to improve border surveillance and immigration monitoring patrols. He highlighted the introduction of a new surveillance system called Eurosur, which would use satellites and aerial drones to monitor common illegal migration routes.

While all 24 members of the Schengen group would automatically take on the measures, those outside the group, like the UK and Ireland, could choose whether to join in. The EU commissioner stated that the EU needed to use "the most advanced technology to reach the highest level of security" to tackle the terror threat, and crackdown on those people residing in Europe illegally. However MEPs have raised concerns with the plans, suggesting that they could breach privacy laws.

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