EURODAC - EU fingerprint database
A shared central database of asylum seekers' fingerprints.
Any EU country can access this database to track whether an individual over
the age of 14 has previously applied for asylum elsewhere. The Dublin Convention
provides for the comprehensive exchange of personal data on asylum seekers
between the member states for the purpose of determining the state responsible
for examining an asylum examination. As well as exchanging applicants' personal
details such as identity and travel documents, places of residence and travel
routes, member states also bind themselves to communicate "other information
necessary for establishing the identity of the applicant". Fingerprints
are considered such "other information".