EU countries accept mandatory fingerprint on identity card

Ambassadors of the 28 member states have agreed to a proposal from the European Commission to oblige fingerprints on identity cards of EU citizens. The proposal has yet to be approved by the European Parliament.

As the Member States have agreed to the proposal, it is plausible that the fingerprint will be compulsory again in the Netherlands with identity cards. That was the case in the past, but that obligation was abolished in 2014, precisely because it was no longer required by the EU.

The member states want to introduce the obligation to combat identity fraud. If the proposal is finalized, EU countries will have two years to implement the decision. Current identity cards without a fingerprint remain valid for a maximum of ten years.

In the passport, a fingerprint has been mandatory since 2009 in all EU member states. Privacy organizations criticize the biometric identification in the travel documents, among other things.

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