Dutch fingerprint privacy questioned

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The Dutch political party D66 is sounding the alarm about the possibility that American authorities could gain access to fingerprints from Dutch passports.

MP Gerard Schouw wants Home Affairs Minister Liesbeth Spies to take steps to ensure that the privacy of biometric data from Dutch citizens is secured.

Morpho BV is the company that produces travel documents for the Home Affairs Ministry. Morpho is a subsidiary of Safran Group, a company that is active in the US. As a result, there are concern that biometric data from Dutch citizens could be accessed by the US government.

According to Schouw, the Dutch government is not doing enough to protect the privacy rights of Dutch citizens. Schouw says that the European Commission should take action to solve the problem. Schouw will submit a motion on Thursday asking the Dutch cabinet to push for an international solution to the problem.

The Home Affairs ministry is discussing with Morpho whether it is possible to make sure that biometric data from Dutch citizens is not accessible by American authorities.


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