Determination and exchange of identification data within the European Union

Criminal justice proceedings / Suspects

Determination and exchange of identification data within the European Union

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It is of essential importance to correctly determine a person’s identity in the context of a criminal case. On the one hand, innocent persons who fall victim to the mixing up of different identities may experience serious consequences for years after. On the other, those who are ‘guilty’ can avoid problems by using false identities. As of 2010, the Act on the Identification of Suspects, Convicts and Witnesses (WIVVG) thoroughly changed the methods of identification of suspects and convicted persons (as well as of witnesses, which fall beyond the scope of the present study) in Dutch criminal law. Aim of the WIVVG is to guarantee correct identification and verification to the extent possible in the entire criminal justice chain. The question remains, however, how to maintain the same accuracy in cases that require exchange of information with other EU Member States on suspects and convicted persons i.e. incoming and outgoing information on those persons’ identities.

Research questions:

  1. Which vulnerabilities occur in the exchange processes of identification data concerning suspects and convicted persons in the context of EU law enforcement cooperation?
  2. Can biometric methods provide solutions to the vulnerabilities found?

Publication data

Noorloos, M. van, Spapens, T.
Tilburg University - Tilburg Law School, WODC
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Tilburg University - Tilburg Law School
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Tilburg University - Law School