Italian police have used beatings and electric shocks, potentially constituting "torture", to coerce migrants into being fingerprinted as Italy cracks under pressure from the EU, Amnesty International said today (3 October).
According to EU rules, only the fingerprints of migrants who apply for asylum are shared among the member countries, which basically means that privacy concerns don't allow the use of the vast majority of migrants' fingerprints taken.
It will be one of Italy's brand new hotspots for identifying newly-arrived migrants -- but as the Pozzallo reception centre in Sicily prepares its fingerprinting kits, the EU-led plan for these facilities is still plagued with unresolved issues.
European Commission proposals that would give the police access to a new EU-wide fingerprint database for asylum seekers - Eurodac - is a "serious intrusion" into the rights of a vulnerable group, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says.
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