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US and Sweden to share fingerprint databases

Published tisdag 16 juli 2013 kl 13.05

The US and Sweden are negotiating a new agreement which would make it easier for authorities in both countries to access each others' national fingerprints registers.

The proposal, outlined in a memorandum to be reviewed in the autumn, states that US bodies will be able to apply for a search to be made in the Swedish fingerprints register.

In order to extract ID details and other information associated with the finger prints the interested party must first request the information from the other country's authorities.

The memorandum suggests that the Swedish National Police Board should be the authority that is granted the right to access the American register.

However, several other bodies, like the Swedish Security Service, the National Bureau of Investigation, the police, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, Swedish Customs and the Swedish Coast Guard, can participate in the information exchange and demand data.

The countries can also choose spontaneously to hand over information to each other.

The purpose of the initiative is to deepen collaborations between Sweden and the United States in fighting serious crimes like terrorism.

The deal does not involve the countries exchanging any new type of information. Instead, it is about making exchanges smoother.

The deal also opens up for further agreements on similar exchanges of information from the DNA-register.

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