European Data Protection Digest

Gov’t Use of Biometric IDs On the Rise


April 6, 2012

The use of biometric information is inevitable when it comes to border control, Public Service Europe reports. The market for civil and military biometrics is expected to grow 14 percent per year and will include RFID-chip embedded passports and what are known as e-gates, allowing for access control at national borders without human intervention, and are already being employed in China, the UK, Germany and Spain. National ID cards will also include RFID chips--and already do in countries such as India, for example, which is currently undertaking a unique ID program. Implementation of such unique ID programs face opposition, however, from privacy and civil liberties groups.
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