The Belgian government voted to add a fingerprint to all e-ID’s, which would make identification of an individual person less error-prone in a new law. Another argument the government uses in its defence is the fingerprint can be used to prevent identity thefts. According to official numbers, there are only a few hundred of identity thefts on a total population of 11 million.
To justify the new proposed law, classical argument are used:
- It will increase security
- He who has nothing to hide, must not fear
- We can better fight against terrorism and prevent terrorist attacks
Also the Belgian Data Protection Authority advised against implementing fingerprints on an e-ID.
With many new regulations and laws, our government keeps chipping away our privacy. Now is a time to end this.
Matthias Dobbelaere-Welvaert setup a website called “Stop The Fingerprint” to inform the public about the risks and to coordinate legal action against the new law.
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