Asylum applicants and migrants apprehended at the external border have a duty to give their fingerprints. When their fingerprints are taken, persons have the right to understand who is processing their personal data and why. They have the right to know what data are stored and for how long. They should know how to access it, correctand erase their data, in case of mistakes and whom to contact for these purposes.In practice, officers find it challenging to give information on all aspects of the data processing at the time when taking fingerprints. People are often unaware why they give their fingerprints and what happens to these
A leaflet assists officers and authorities to inform asylum applicants and migrants in an understandable and accessible way about the processing of their fingerprints in Eurodac.
What is Eurodac?Eurodac stands for European Asylum Dactyloscopy -it stores, processes and compares the fingerprints of asylum applicants and migrants apprehended atthe external border. It helps to identify theEU Member State responsible to examine an asylum claim. In the future, besides fingerprints, it will store the name, the facial image and other personal data.
FRA work with asylum applicants notes that informationis most effective when:→ It is provided both in writing as well as orally.→ An interpreter is present or is easy reachable for questions.→ A copy of the personal data collected is provided.This helps to exercise the right to access andthe right to delete and correct the data.