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Swiss "Freedom Campaign" against biometric passports

2008-07-20 00:00:00, frankro

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) wishes to draw attention the all-party referendum committee against biometric passports and identity cards in Switzerland.

Under www.freiheitskampagne.ch, an alliance of various parties and members of parliament is appealing for the collection of signatures for a referendum against the comprehensive biometric registration of Swiss citizens.

The alliance is critical of compulsory fingerprinting, which will be required for the issue of both passports and identity cards. The biometric data, comprising fingerprints and a photograph of the face, will be stored in a central government database and private corporations, such as airlines, will have access to the fingerprints stored on the chip.

With its campaign against fingerprints in identity documents, the CCC has helped to ensure that in future German ID cards (Personalausweis), fingerprints will only be included when the applicant agrees.