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EU agency to release research on fundamental rights concerns regarding biometrics in border checks


The European Union Agency for Federal Rights (FRA) conducted a survey during the summer regarding the European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems’ (eu-LISA) pilot project on the EU’s smart borders package.

The survey, which complements eu-LISA’s tests, is designed to gain perspective on third country nationals’ views on fundamental rights-related issues as it relates to the growing use of biometrics during border checks.

The FRA conducted more than a thousand interviews between June and August at seven border crossing points belonging to six different EU member states.

After carefully compiling and analyzing the information, the FRA will publish these survey findings in autumn of 2015.

The survey is part of the organization’s wider research initiative regarding the fundamental rights aspects of the use of biometrics in migration, asylum and border procedures.

The European Commission also launched in the summer an online public consultation on its Smart Borders package.

The public consultation, which involves civil society organizations participating in FRA’s Fundamental Rights Platform, will end on October 29.

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