Government promises to erase fingerprints

27th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner has promised that fingerprints already collected by local councils for a planned national database will be erased. He was speaking in parliament in clarification of his decision to halt the collection of fingerprints included in passports.

Around six million sets of fingerprints are involved.

The minister's decision reflects a growing loss of confidence by parliament in the fingerprint database. He now agrees that there are too many technical uncertainties involved in the storage process which could produce errors.

What has not changed is that Dutch citizens must submit a set of fingerprints when they apply for a new, biometric passport.

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