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Article 10

Article 10 — Storage of data

  1. Each set of data relating to an alien as referred to in Article 8(1) shall be stored in the central database for two years from the date on which the fingerprints of the alien were taken. Upon expiry of this period, the Central Unit shall automatically erase the data from the central database.
  2. The data relating to an alien as referred to in Article 8(1) shall be erased from the central database in accordance with Article 15(3) immediately, if the Member State of origin becomes aware of one of the following circumstances before the two-year period mentioned in paragraph 1 has expired:
    1. the alien has been issued with a residence permit;
    2. the alien has left the territory of the Member States;
    3. the alien has acquired the citizenship of any Member State.