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High-Level Expert Group on Infomation Systems and Interoperability report

- "A common repository would be a logical next step after a shared biometric matching service."
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Report of the third meeting of the High-Level Expert Group on Infomation Systems and Interoperability (dated 29 November 2016, just published): High-level expert group on information systems and interoperability Third meeting — 29 November 2016 Report (pdf)

"The Commission presented the draft recommendations:

- Examine whether all relevant centralised EU systems (SIS, VIS, Eurodac, EES, possibly ECRIS and EIS) should not only share the same biometric matching service, but eventually also the same common repository of data that would also include alphanumeric data.

- eu-LISA to analyse the technical aspects of the establishment of a common repository of identity data, and Europol to do the same for its data.

- Assess whether a common repository of data would be in line with the objectives and principles of privacy by design.

Comments from experts

- A common repository would be a logical next step after a shared biometric matching service.

- Such a repository raises issues concerning data protection and fundamental rights but a repository can still be designed in a way that respects these aspects.

- Some caution necessary as the proposed repository appears as a very ambitious long-term project. A cost-benefit analysis is advisable.

The chair concluded that there was a general feeling that this should not be seen as an immediate priority but was still of sufficient interest to be studied further. That would be in particular for eu-LISA but also Europol."

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