Daily Archives: April 21, 2005


Heise Online reports Data protection officer calls for a moratorium on biometric passports Yesterday, Germany’s Data Protection Officer Peter Schaar took the occasion of the presentation of the first progress report since he took office in December of 2003 to criticize the German government’s plans to include biometric features in passports this autumn as “premature”. Biometrics, he warned, would often not be able to fulfill expectations. Scientific studies and application tests have shown, he explained, that biometrics often does not work as reliably as required for blanket use.

Germany – Biometric passports premature