Civil Liberties MEPs recently voted to shorten the retention period for data gathered under the new EU entry/exit system for non-EU nationals and to introduce measures that strengthen the protection of such individuals' data. The new system is electronic and replaces the procedure of individuals having their passports stamped. The Commission hopes that storing travellers' data electronically will help identify persons who overstay their visas or perpetrate identity fraud. MEPs voted to reduce the period for which data is stored to two years as compared with the five years originally proposed by the Commission. MEPs also voted to approve measures designed to ensure that the new system is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, with individuals having a right to access their data. MEPs are expected to enter into negotiations with the European Council regarding the proposed amendments in March 2017.