[rohrpost] EU: Unterschreiben gegen Biometrie-Einfuehrung im
peter at null.priv.at
Mit Dez 1 12:08:15 CET 2004
etwas OT moechte ich auf einen Offenen Brief hinweisen, der die
skandaloese Vorgangsweise des Rats der EU Justiz- und Innenminister
verurteilt. Die Einfuehrung von biometrischen Merkmalen in Pässen und
Reisedokumenten soll im Eilverfahren ohne die sonst vorgesehene
demokratische Prüfung erfolgen. Die Rechtmaessigkeit dieses
Verfahrens darf bezweifelt werden.
Fuer die Website werden heute noch Unterschriften von Organisationen und
Einzelpersonen gesammelt: http://www.edri.org/campaigns/biometrics/sign
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An Open Letter to the European Parliament
on Biometric Registration of all EU Citizens and Residents
26 November, 2004 ..
You may still use our webform  to sign this letter; however your
signature will not be added to the letter to be sent to Members
of the European Parliament any more. All signatures received
before Thursday, December 2, will be posted on this website.
To the Members of the European Parliament,
We the undersigned are calling on you to reject the 'Draft Council
Regulation on standards for security features and biometrics in passports
and travel documents issued by Member States'. This is an unnecessary and
rushed policy that will have hazardous effects on Europeans' right to
privacy. This policy process requires additional oversight, and the
eventual systems established will require significant controls and a strong
legal framework to ensure that this is a proportionate response to the war
on terrorism. In particular, we call for the removal of the requirement for
fingerprinting all EU citizens.
We are quite alarmed by the political dynamics at play in this policy
o The Council of the European Union pressed the European Parliament into
including the Coelho reports on biometric identifiers on the agenda for the
mini-session on Wednesday, 1 December 2004.
o Behind closed doors on October 25 the Justice and Home Affairs Council
decided to introduce mandatory fingerprinting for all EU citizens into the
o The Parliament's response to this significant shift in policy is even
more alarming: a majority of the Presidents of the Political Groups
accepted the claim that the change was not sufficient grounds for the
report to be sent back to the LIBE Committee for further consideration.
o If the Presidents had refused to accept, the Council would have called
for an urgency procedure.
o If the Presidents had refused, the Council threatened to delay the
introduction of the co-decision procedure for immigration and asylum issues
to April 1 instead of January 1.
These dynamics are irresponsible and unhealthy for a functioning democratic
Gus Hosein - Privacy International
Tony Bunyan - Statewatch
Andreas Dietl - European Digital Rights
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