Sweden drafts law to share biometrics data with U.S. for crime prevention

Last Thursday, Sweden announced in a statement that it has moved closer to a deal with the United States that would see the two countries swap fingerprint data to tackle crime.

The law drafted by the Swedish government would let authorities in both countries run fingerprint searches in each other’s databases but would require a formal request for access to a person’s name and other personal data.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented, “We are exchanging fingerprints with the United States to strengthen our work against serious crime.”

Requests for personal data associated with particular fingerprints would, under the draft law, have to be adjudicated in each country before access is granted.

The proposed legislation is now due for review by national authorities.

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