Biometrics, big data and state power


Tue, 11 February 2020, 18:30–20:00

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Recording of the event


In November 2019, Statewatch and PICUM co-published a report on the EU's plans to interconnect its policing and migration databases and the potential implications for undocumented migrants. Under the 'interoperability' plans, data from existing and forthcoming EU policing and migration databases would be merged in new systems, primarily with the aim of increasing the number of deportations and simplifying law enforcement access to migrants' data.

While the UK is (currently) part of the EU's interoperability initiative, it also has its own plans to further develop the databases it uses for both policing and immigration enforcement purposes, as Liberty has highlighted. This event will set out the 'state of play' in both the UK and the EU in relation to the state's collection of increasing amounts of sensitive personal data from millions of migrants, and discuss the implications for civil liberties and human rights.

Entry is free but we encourage attendees to make a donation if they are able to do so.


Civil liberties and the database state - Gracie Bradley, Liberty

Artifical intelligence, big data and the future of EU internal security - Tony Bunyan, Statewatch

Presentation of the report 'Data Protection, Immigration Enforcement and Fundamental Rights: What the EU's Regulations on Interoperability Mean for People with Irregular Status' - Chris Jones, Statewatch

Image: Karin Dalziel, CC BY-NC 2.0

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