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Biometric Data

Information on processing of your fingerprints and photograph for the use of identification and verification of identity within the immigration area.

Regarding visa

In connection with the submission of your application for a visa to Denmark in accordance with the rules set out in the Visa Code, your fingerprints and photograph (biometric data) will be taken also for the purpose of identification and verification of identity in the immigration area, see section 40G(1) of the Aliens Act.

Your fingerprints and photograph will be recorded in the immigration authorities' register for which the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration are responsible.

Your fingerprints and photograph will be stored for 10 years after they were taken.

During the entire period they are stored, your fingerprints and photograph may be processed by all immigration authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Den-mark, including the Danish missions (embassies, consulates general, etc.), and the police for the purpose of identification and verification of identity in the immigration area.

Regarding family reunification, business, studies, etc.

In connection with your application for a residence permit under section 9, 9A, 9C–9F, 9I–9N or 9P of the Aliens Act (family reunification, business or studies) or your application for an extension of your residence permit which was granted under section 9–9F, 9I–9N or 9P of the Aliens Act, your fingerprints and photograph will be taken (biometric data) for the purpose of identification and verification of identity in the immigration area, see section 40F(1) of the Aliens Act.]

Your fingerprints and photograph will be recorded in the immigration authorities' register for which the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration are responsible.

Your fingerprints and photograph will be stored for 20 years after they were taken. If you are granted a residence permit in Denmark, your biometric data will instead be stored for 10 years after they were taken. However, if you are granted Danish citizenship, your fingerprints and photograph will be deleted from the immigration authorities' register.

During the entire period they are stored, your fingerprints and photograph may be processed by all immigration authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, including the Danish missions (embassies, consulates general, etc.), and the police for the purpose of identification and verification of identity in the immigration area.

The immigration authorities may also take your fingerprints and photograph in order to verify your identity in the event that there is not complete certainty about your identity, see section 40A(2)(3) and section 40B(2)(1). In this connection, your fingerprints and photograph will be compared with the fingerprints and photograph already recorded in the immigration authorities' register. Your fingerprints and photograph will not be recorded in the immigration authorities' register in that situation, as it will solely be used to verify your identity in connection with, for ex-ample, payment of benefits to you or when you show up for interviews with the immigration authorities.

Regarding your rights as a data subject

You are entitled, upon request, to be informed about the nature of the information being processed by the immigration authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark or the police, as well as about the purpose of the processing, the categories of recipients of such information, and the origin of the information. You may submit such a request to the following:
The Ministry of Immigration and Integration, Slotsholmsgade 10, DK-1216 Copenhagen K, Tel. +45 6198 4000, Email: uim@uim.dk ; The Immigration Service, Ryesgade 53, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Tel. +45 3536 6600, Email: us@us.dk ; The Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, The Citizen Centre, Njalsgade 72C, DK-2300 Copenhagen S,

Tel. +45 7214 2001 (business), +45 7214 2002 (studies), +45 7214 2003 (other business), Email: siri@siri.dk

Please provide information on your personal identification number, case number or other specific information which can help the authorities find the biometric data related to you which they are processing.

You are entitled to raise an objection against the immigration authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the police processing your biometric data to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Immigration Service or the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration which are responsible for the immigration authorities' register. If these authorities are processing incorrect or misleading personal data or in a similar manner process personal data in contravention of the law, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, which are keeping the register of biometric data, are required to rectify, block or potentially delete the information in the immigration authorities' register.

Finally, you may file a complaint over the processing of your fingerprints and photograph to the Data Protection Agency which supervises compliance with the Act on Processing of Personal Data, including authorities' processing of biometric data in Denmark: The Data Protection Agency, Borgergade 28, 5, DK-1300 Copenhagen K, Tel. +45 3319 3200, Email: dt@datatilsynet.dk

You may read further details about your rights under Title III of the Act on Processing of Personal Data, The Data Subject’s Rights.

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