The Bundestag has adopted a law introducing evidence of arrival (Ankunftsnachweis) for asylum seekers. Accordingly, personal data such as name, date of birth, place of birth, but also data such as the home country, graduation, fingerprints and health will be centrally collected and retained upon first contact instead of upon application for asylum. The evidence of arrival shall be a condition for receiving social services and applying for asylum. The governing parties held that this instrument will accelerate asylum procedures. The opposition parties expressed concern over data privacy and transparency.

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