European Data Protection Digest

DPA: Companies Break Law When Asking for Passports

PRIVACY LAW—THE NETHERLANDS

February 13, 2014

Dutch Data Protection Authority the CBP has said companies break the law when asking customers for copies of their passports, DutchNews.nl reports. “Of course companies can check if people are who they say there are,” CBP Spokesman Wilbert Tomesen said. “But piles of photocopies of passports is an invitation to identity fraud, which has major financial and social ramifications for citizens.” The CBP has created guidelines for citizens, and has noted many companies are unaware making copies of passports and IDs is illegal except in certain circumstances.
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