This from BBC News:-
Visitors to the EU could face digital fingerprinting at airports under plans to beef up border security, EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini has said.
He said travelers from outside the EU could face a biometric test as part of their visa while those not needing a permit would be checked on arrival.
Rights group Privacy International said the move could create a "fortress Europe" for foreigners.
The commissioner said the EU had to use "the most advanced technology to reach the highest level of security" to stop visitors overstaying their welcome in Europe and to prevent terrorists from coming in.
Mr Frattini said he hoped the reforms - if approved by all the EU member states - would be introduced between 2010-2015.
Under the proposed entry and exit register, an alert would be sent when a visa expired and no exit had been recorded.
Biometric technology is already being introduced. From 2009, all EU passports will feature a digital fingerprint and photograph and, from 2011 non-EU citizens who apply for a visa will have to give their biometric details.
Botheration, does this mean I will no longer be able to have a morning "Eggs Princess" for the season from the former colonies?;)