EU: PRUM FRAMEWORK DECISION ON FINGERPRINTS: "Fishing expeditions" by large Member States leads to limits being imposed on automated searches for fingerprints on other states' national databases


"Fishing expeditions" by large Member States leads to limits being imposed on automated searches for fingerprints on other states' national databases. In 2008 the Council of the European Union's Ad Hoc Group on Information Exchange urged restraint on the number of searches:

"The varying scale of national databases, partly linked to population size, has led experts to doubt whether the databases of the less-populated States are able to deal with other States' searches. At times there are even concerns that databases may be damaged by overwhelming search volumes." (EU doc no: 14885/rev1/08, pdf)

As this has not worked the Ad Hoc Group on Information Exchange has now laid down limits on the number of searches to be carried out: EU do no: 5860 rev1/10 (pdf). The big "offenders" would seem to be Germany, Spain and Italy (no figures given for the UK).

 

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