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EU’s frontex tripped in its plan for ‘intrusive’ surveillance of migrants

Dr Niovi Vavoula speaks to Balkan Insights about the PeDRA programme.

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Frontex and the European Commission sidelined their own data protection watchdogs in pursuing a much-criticised expansion of “intrusive” data collection from migrants and refugees to feed into Europol’s vast criminal databases. Dr Niovi Vavoula, Lecturer in Migration and Security at Queen Mary University of London, said that the expanded PeDRA programme risked the “discriminatory criminalisation” of innocent people, prejudicing the outcomes of criminal proceedings against those flagged as “suspects” by Frontex border guards.

Read the full article on Balkan Insights.



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