Germany: BfDI expresses concerns on draft law modernizing passport, identity card, and immigration document system
On June 2, 2023, the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) published a statement on the draft law modernizing the passport, identity card, and immigration document system, which seeks to expand the processing of data printed visibly on passports and identity cards to now also include data stored on the respective chip. In the statement, the BfDI expressed concerns on, among other things:
- the risk of shadow databases being established in which identification data is stored without a clear purpose for potential data processing in the future;
- the establishment of a central passport and identity card register in the federal states;
- the processing and storing of biometric data in databases;
- public bodies having access to the data stored on chips; and
- the processing of visibly printed data by automated processing procedures.
The BfDI concluded by reiterating its statement from June 7, 2017, in which it criticized and rejected the near introduction of unconditional photo retrieval through automated procedures by security authorities.
You can read the statement, only available in German, here.