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Brazil: Chamber of Deputies approves bill to facilitate access to fingerprint database for investigation purposes 

The Public Security Commission of the Chamber of Deputies announced, on 11 May 2022, the approval of Bill No. 1392/21 to facilitate access to the National Multibiometric and Fingerprint Bank, without the previous judge's authorisation, in order to facilitate law enforcement’s identification of citizens who have committed crimes. 

Moreover, the Chamber of Deputies stated that according to the bill, law enforcement would be able to access the data regardless of judicial authorisation. The Chamber of Deputies highlighted that currently, under the Criminal Identification of the Civilly Identified Law, this procedure must be requested from the competent judge, in the case of an investigation or criminal legal procedures. 

The bill is currently being processed in a final conclusive stage and must still be analysed by the Constitution and Justice and Citizenship Commission. 

You can read the press release, only available in Portuguese, here.