According to the European parliamentary committee, UK’s access should be blocked to Europe’s crime-fighting system until it admits to share more fingerprint data and DNA with member states.
The view of the Home Affairs Committee and European parliament justice were revealed in the form of votes.
Although it’s not mandatory in Europe but the result of the votes could have an impact on its decision-makers. It may dominate the decision, when UK will look to negotiate a long-lasting deal on the exchange of DNA, fingerprints, and other data as a part of permanent security with Europe.
Statements Made By The UK
Juan-Fernando López-Aguilar is a Spanish socialist MEP who chairs the committee. He stated that, despite the complete access by Europe, the government of the UK has denied sharing the fingerprint data that is gathered by British police. He also added that the exchange of data between two countries which is shared by Europe should be based on the goodwill of the corporation.
The MEP said to the guardian that, they want the UK to run on their way, according to the European standards. It is done so that it can move ahead by adopting the European Union standards. It will thus help them to develop a relationship that could mutually benefit them while taking advantage of complete information tools.
The officials of the British government stated that the UK is making a large volume of data in comparison to other state members. During the turmoil of Brexit, the government of the British secretly acknowledged the exchanging of the DNA records of criminals with other European member states.
The DNA exchange system will allow the British police to determine the generic code of European criminals. It will also help them suspect other criminal in just fifteen minutes as compared to the Interpol process which takes place in 143 days to generate the same result.
They do not completely agree with the European rules. British authorities are exchanging the data from British based criminals. However, data is not shared with criminal aspects but they get complete access to similar data on suspects from different European countries.
By mid of June, the government is needed to share a report to Europe whether or not it will comply with the requirements of Europe on exchanging DNA and fingerprints of suspects. As DNA sharing is in the process, the final decision about fingerprint exchange is still pending by European member states.
The Beginning Of Data Sharing Policies
The data-sharing practices were originated from the Prüm Convention. It is basically an agreement started in 2005, where seven European member states acknowledged sharing DNA, fingerprints, and car number plates of suspects and other criminals. Since 2005 the agreement has become Europe’s large policy that overloads a number of bilateral sharing of data.
The Reach Towards Final Agreement
The existing European parliament vote indicates dissatisfaction by looking at the unequal exchange of information between Europe and the UK. In these recent months, MEPs have approved British authorities for failure to share the details of 75 thousand convictions of other country’s criminals to their own home country.
Moreover, the European Commission that handles running Brexit negotiations, opposed the attempt made by the British. The do not agree to join Europe’s crime-fighting system without exchanging the data of the respective suspects. However, in the upcoming months, this decision could be reserved. The lack of data has been now successfully identified by all European member states as a halting obstacle.
A government’s agent also commented that the security and safety of their people should be the top priority of the government. It is their abilities that made them reach an agreement with the European Union that gear operations partners in order to their people and in turn criminals to justice.