Central Register of Foreign Nationals (Germany)

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The Central Register of Foreign Nationals (German: Ausländerzentralregister (AZR)) is a German database, containing personal information about approximately 20 million foreign nationals.[1] Of these, as of February 2009, approximately 4.5 million are EU citizens.[2]

The Central Register of Foreign Nationals provides data to over 7000 authorities and organizations, including police and customs authorities with over 80,000 users.[3]

According to section 26 of the law governing the Central Foreigners Register, personal data stored about individual foreigners in Germany can also be passed to the authorities of foreign states.[4]

History[edit]

The predecessor of the Central Register of Foreign Nationals was the Ausländerzentralkartei which was established in 1938 by the Nazi government.[5] In 1953 the Central Register of Foreign Nationals was established.

Criticism[edit]

The Federal office responsible for administering the Central Register of Foreign Nationals was awarded a Big Brother Award for their operation of the database, for the given reason of "institutionalized official discrimination of non-German citizens in Germany".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BVA Internet: Ausländerzentralregister". Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Federal Government of Germany: Drucksache 16/12569 - Speicherung von Unionsbürgerinnen und Unionsbürgern im Ausländerzentralregister (PDF; 71 kB). 6 April 2009
  3. ^ "Bundesverwaltungsamt - Ausländerzentralregister". bva.bund.de. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Gesetz über das Ausländerzentralregister (AZRGesetz)" (PDF). Gesetze-im-internet.de. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  5. ^ National Approaches to the Administration of International Migration, p. 75, at Google Books
  6. ^ "Lebenswerk: Bundesverwaltungsamt | BigBrotherAwards" (in German). Bigbrotherawards.de. 25 February 2015. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.