FADO - False and Authentic Documents Online

A computerised image-archiving system to help combat illegal immigration and organised crime


[http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:1998:333:0004:0007:EN:PDF Council Joint Action 98/700/JHA of 3 December 1998] adopted by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union concerning the setting up of a European Image-Archiving System (FADO).


FADO is a European image-archiving system for the purpose of exchanging - by computerised means and within very short periods of time - information, which the Member States of the European Union possess concerning genuine and false documents that have been recorded. The system's database contains amongst other things (Article 2):
* images of typical false and forged documents;
* images of genuine documents;
* summary information on forgery techniques;
* summary information on security techniques.Expert FADO is currently available to document experts and document checkers in 22 official languages of the European Union.


The proliferation of genuine and false documents means that frequent updating is essential. Ever more sophisticated techniques are being used to produce both genuine documents and forgeries. A computerised system with restricted access has therefore been built that enables fast and secure information exchange between the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and between the European Union member states and Iceland and Norway.

Part of the information contained in Expert FADO is available to document checkers via the system iFADO - intranet False and Authentic Documents Online.

A further reduced part of the information contained in FADO is selected by European document experts to be made available to the general public by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union on the site PRADO - Public Register of Travel and Identity Documents Online.

External links

* [http://www.consilium.europa.eu/prado/EN/homeIndex.html PRADO - Public Register of Authentic Documents Online]
* [http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ Official Council website]
* Europa

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