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Tighter security checks in EU

Published:Friday | February 15, 2008 | 2:30 PM

The European Justice Minister, Franco Frattini wants every visitor to the EU to have their fingerprints taken as soon as they enter the region.



Mr. Frattini said the initiative would help to fight illegal immigration, human trafficking and terrorism.



The proposed electronic register is similar to the one the United States put in place, after the 2001 attacks.



It would fingerprint all foreigners who arrive in the 24 member Schengen area, where people can travel freely across borders with no checks.



However, some opponents of the plan say it would infringe fundamental rights, because it would violate data protection.