All Dutch passports issued from Monday will contain two fingerprints from the document’s owner as part of an EU-wide approach to crack down on identity fraud.
Each person will give four fingerprints when applying for their passport, of which two will be placed on the passport microchip.
But unlike in other European countries, all the Dutch fingerprints will eventually be held in a central data bank which police will be able to access to help with solving crime. Until the central data base is completed, the information will be stored by local councils.
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