EURODAC - The EU Asylum Fingerprint Database

The EURODAC Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 of 26 June 2013 established an EU asylum fingerprint database. When people apply for asylum, no matter where they are in the EU, their fingerprints are transmitted to the EURODAC central system.

The EURODAC database is a tool providing fingerprint comparison evidence to assist with determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application made within the EEA. Its primary objective is to serve the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 ('the Dublin Regulation') and together these two instruments make up what is commonly referred to as the 'Dublin system'.

Persons registered in EURODAC generally have the right to know whether their data have been entered in the database, as well as the right to access personal data about themselves. Data subjects also have the right to have factually incorrect data rectified and demand the erasure of unlawfully registered data.

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police (NCIP) is responsible for the processing of personal data in EURODAC on behalf of Iceland. Individuals who wish to send the International Unit of the NCIP an access request, can contact it in the following e-mail address: international[at]

If an access request is denied or not answered, the individual in question can file a complaint with the Data Protection Authority. A complaint can be sent to the following e-mail address: postur[at]

Further information about EURODAC

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