RLS co-signs open letter on fundamental rights concerns about the EURODAC reform
RLS joined over 30 organisations protecting the rights of people on the move, children and digital rights in addressing an open letter to the members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee urging them to radically change the course of the EURODAC reform – the European Union (EU) database storing asylum seekers’ and migrants’ personal data - in order to respect fundamental rights and international law. The open letter can be found below:
The signatories warn against tranforming the database into a powerful tool for mass surveillance. The reform would exacerbate the wider EU strategy on asylum and migration which would prevent arrivals, track movements and speed up return procedures regardless of the protection needs and regardless of the consequences.
The organisations call for a more open and democratic debate on the implications of EURODAC, on the right to dignity, privacy and data protection, the rights of the child, and the principles of necessity and proportionality.