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EU agree deal on criminal data transfer

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Police in the European Union will get automatic access to DNA and digital fingerprint databases across the bloc.

EU Interior Ministers say the measure will help detectives track down suspects by hair, sperm or fingernails samples as they will be able to compare data gathered in other member states.

Ministers approved a plan to better control who can enter the bloc by setting up a common database for visa applicants’ pictures and fingerprints.

The deal also allows police from different EU states to set up joint patrols and even to deploy, pursue and police their citizens across borders as demonstrated last year during football’s World Cup in Germany.

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