Europe’s largest police database expanded again


"The Schengen Information System contains 79 million entries on persons and objects. These can now also be used by the EU agencies. A new regulation allows simple police officers to question people without a lawyer."

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"With the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union three new regulations for the Schengen Information System (SIS) have entered into force. The participating national authorities are now obliged to issue a warning for all cases involving terrorist offences. If hits are found during a query, the police agency Europol must be informed in any case. However, this regulation will not be binding until the end of 2019.

The SIS is the largest European information system in the field of internal security. All 28 EU Member States participate, plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. More than 79 million people and objects are currently being searched in the SIS. Most entries (20 million) in 2017 came from Italy, followed by France (11 million) and Germany (over 10 million). According to the European Agency for the Management of Large IT Systems (eu-LISA), which manages the SIS, the database was queried more than five billion times in the same year."

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