In an effort that could contribute to the protection of children, the European Commission is currently consulting on the possibility of lowering the fingerprinting age of children in the EU Visa Information System. The current minimum age at which children are fingerprinted when applying for a Schengen visa is 12, and the proposal seeks to lower this to 6.
It is thought that this move would help combat child trafficking, children going missing, child abduction and irregular migration involving minors.
The European Commission is seeking contributions and viewpoints from both individuals and public authorities, “including national data protection authorities and child protection authorities and the Ombudsperson for Children, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the EU Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) as well as civil society and academic institutions”.
Thoughts on this proposal can be expressed through an online questionnaire on the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/MinorsFingerprintingAge