Monitoring of Travellers in the EU

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Monitoring of Travellers in the EU
Short Title EU Doing Extensive Data Collection About Travellers in the Schengen Area
Location Europe
Date October 2020

Taxonomy Aggregation, Exclusion
Information Identifying, Location, Professional, Behavioral, Criminal
Threat Actors EU authorities

Affected Travellers in the EU
High Risk Groups
Secondary Consequences

To reinforce migration control and increase security, the EU is introducing a host of new tracking measures aimed at short-term visitors to the Schengen area.


In 2020 new tools and technologies being introduced in the European Union as part of the visa application process and the incoming “travel authorisation” requirement include automated profiling systems, a ‘pre-crime’ watchlist, and the automated cross-checking of numerous national, European and international databases.

An expanded set of personal data will be gathered from all would-be travellers, including names, addresses, travel document details and biometric data (fingerprints and photographs), travellers’ families, education, occupation and criminal convictions, and more. A variety of different databases and information systems are being interconnected to allow the swifter, simpler comparison and exchange of personal data.Aggregation

Automated profiling systems are also being introduced, with the aim of identifying whether an individual and their application merits further attention from the authorities. Data mining tools will comb through previous applications, statistics on overstay and refusal of entry, information from national authorities on security risks, and epidemic disease risks identified by global health bodies, in order to generate “screening rules”. Such background check can be interpreted as Exclusion.


Threat: EU authorities gathering different pieces of personal information form would-be travellers and then interconnect them to other databases and information systems
At-Risk group: EU would-be travellers
Harm: Aggregation
Secondary Consequences: not known

Threat: EU authorities doing a background check ofwould-be travellers through thorough data analysis of their personal data gathered from various sources
At-Risk group: EU would-be travellers
Harm: Exclusion
Secondary Consequences: not known

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