EU May Begin Fingerprinting Travelers to Europe
Travel Blog • Michael Yessis • 02.12.08 | 9:05 AM ET
Tomorrow the European Commission will propose fingerprinting all travelers to Europe, according to the Washington Post. The Post also reports that the EU wants to take facial scans of some travelers.
Neither practice will go into effect without the approval of the European Union parliament. If the proposal is ratified, implementation wouldn’t begin for about a year.
From the Post:
The plan is part of a vast and growing trend on both sides of the Atlantic to collect and share data electronically to identify and track people in the name of national security and immigration control. U.S. government computers now have access to data on financial transactions; air travel details such as name, itinerary and credit card numbers; and the names of those sending and receiving express-mail packages—even a description of the contents.
Japan also tracks international travelers through fingerprints and photos.