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Parliamentary questions
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15 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001595-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Fingerprint identification system in EU databases
 Answer in writing 

The Schengen Information System (SIS II) now has a system for identifying individuals by means of fingerprints: the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). It is administered by the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA). The Eurodac fingerprint database, the Visa Information System (VIS) and Europol also use an AFIS.

What software and hardware, and from which manufacturers, is used for the AFIS in SIS II, in Eurodac, in the VIS and at Europol? Do the systems use the same format for stored fingerprints?

How many fingerprint pads and cards are stored in the AFIS of SIS II, Eurodac, the VIS and Europol? Are the systems linked with each other?

How would it be possible to use the AFIS systems of Eurodac, the VIS and SIS II as a basis for the development of European databanks in the future, for example for a ‘common system for comparing biometric data’, a ‘common identity data store’ and a ‘multiple identity detector’ with personal details and fingerprints, which the Commission would set up? What plans are there to do this?

Original language of question: DE 
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