(EU Observer) US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports.
The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU's so-called 'smart borders' package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now but there are plans to eventually make it
A draft internal EU document dated Wednesday (18 February) and seen by this website says the "proof of concept" is set to start in March and will run until September this year.
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"Should traveller participation be lower than expected, there would be a high risk that the results of the tests would be biased or would not reflect reality," notes the multi-million euro project.