Canada, Australia and Britain will share biometric and fingerprint information about suspected criminals and will soon be joined by the United States and New Zealand.
The alliance, called the Five Country Conference, builds on collaborative networks already in place within the Western coalitions fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and united in the war on terror.
A key aim of the collaboration is to gather and share biometric data and fingerprints of foreign individuals suspected of involvement in cross-border crime, immigration rackets or identity fraud by individuals attempting to enter any FCC countries. Immigration authorities in FCC countries have been faced with cases where individuals attempted, sometimes successfully, identity fraud using false passports.