Court upholds passport fingerprint demand

The Hague city council is within its rights to refuse to issue a passport to a woman who refused to give her fingerprints, a court ruled on Wednesday.

The court backed the council because fingerprints are required by law. The woman refused to comply because they will be stored in a database and used to track criminals.
The woman argued this infringed her right to privacy and her human rights.
In February, the Volkskrant reported a majority of MPs oppose plans to store fingerprint details from new biometric passports in a central data bank which will be accessible to police.
The plan has already been attacked by lawyers and privacy experts. Even the security service AIVD warned that the data bank would be vulnerable to hackers and identity theft.

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