Invisible Borders

Statewatch contributed background research on EU investments in biometric technologies for the cross-border investigative journalism project Invisible Borders:

"What does a lie detector system being tested at the Serbian-Hungarian border have in common with a high-tech facial recognition machine in the desert in Niger and electoral cards bearing a QR code in Mali? They all stem from a huge European Union investment in the use of biometric authentication (fingerprints and facial recognition technologies) for border control purposes.

The team behind the Invisible Borders project has investigated the process that led to the adoption of biometric technologies in African countries with low levels of electrification, as well as the process behind the regulation proposal on the “interoperability” of databases of third-country nationals in the EU. In both cases, these processes were advanced despite the lack of data on the benefits for citizens and the scepticism of experts and law enforcement regarding increased security."

You can read more about the project and see the stories that were published on the Investigative Journalism for Europe website.

The project was awarded the 2019 Hostwriter Story Prize.


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