19 November 2018
Under the rules, new types of data will be included in the system - namely, facial images and DNA profiles.
New types of alert will be also be introduced - "inquiry checks", designed to allow officials to interview individuals who generate a 'hit' in the database; alerts on unknown suspects or wanted persons (for which fingerprints or palm prints found at crime scenes will be entered in the database); alerts on children at risk of parental abduction or who need to be preventing from travelling for their own protection; and alerts for the purpose of return.
It will also now be compulsory for the national authorities to introduce entry bans on non-EU nationals in the database.
Europol and Frontex will also have access to the database in certain circumstances.
Council press release: Schengen Information System: Council adopts new rules to strengthen security in the EU(pdf):
"The Schengen Information System is being reinforced through updated rules which will address potential gaps in the system and introduce several essential changes on the types of alert entered. This will contribute to strengthening the fight against terrorism and serious crime, ensuring a high level of security across the EU, and help migration management."
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