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Digital fingerprints on ID cards – no violation of the right to privacy, says Belgian Constitutional Court

On 14 January 2021, the Belgian Constitutional Court delivered a  judgment on the legality of the integration of the digital format of two fingerprints in ID cards, introduced through Article 27 of the Belgian law of 25 November 2018.

After a balancing of interests, the Court ruled that the inclusion of digital fingerprints on ID cards does not violate the fundamental right to respect for private life, thereby providing clarity on a heavily criticized matter and setting an important precedent.

Source: Belgium: Digital fingerprints on ID cards – no violation of the right to privacy according to the Belgian Constitutional Court – Privacy Matters

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