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Petition to Council of Europe on government use of citizens biometrics | Privacy International

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February 17, 2011 by pi

Demande urgente au Secrétaire Général du Conseil de l’Europe à envoyer une requête ex article 52 CEDH aux états-membres, concernant le stockage des données biométriques dans les passeports, cartes d’identités et bases de données gouvernementales, sous la Convention Européenne des Droits de l’Homme.

Pour signer la pétition ouverte à toute organisation, merci d’envoyer un mail a privacyint-ARobAprivacy.org .

The following item is open to signatures from organisations around the world. Please send your organisation’s intention to sign to privacyintaRObASprivacy.org

European governments are increasingly demanding storage of biometric data (fingerprints and facial scans) from individuals. These include storing them on contactless ’RFID’ chips in passports and/or ID cards. Some are going even further and implementing database storage of these biometric data too, e.g. France, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.

These are inherently dangerous practices. In a democratic society, the collection of the biometrics of an entire population is a disproportionate and for other reasons unnecessary interference with our right to privacy (Article 8) and other rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Because of these concerns the United Kingdom Government recently abandoned the policy of collecting fingerprints of citizens. Yet most countries are keen to fingerprint groups and populations of people who have committed no crime.

That’s why we’ll urgently ask Secretary General Jagland of the Council of Europe to request the countries involved to explain whether their national law on this subject is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings. Under an article 52 investigation ECHR Member states have to answer to subjects like proportionality, subsidiarity, effectiveness, function creep, safety measures and ’accordance with the law’.

Please sign this important petition, which is supported by Privacy International and several other civil rights defenders throughout Europe. All collected documents will be sent to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as a combined request. Feel free to forward this petition to fellow civil rights defenders in order to broaden our European alliance. Please contact us in case of any further questions.

Thank you in advance,

merci beaucoup,

Alliance ’Hands off biometrics’ / ’Halte au stockage biométrique’

in co-operation with Privacy International

Petition on Collection and Storage of Biometric Data

We urgently ask the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to send an art. 52 ECHR request to the Member states involved, regarding storage of biometric data of citizens in passports, ID cards and government database(s) in view of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Pétition ’La collection et le stockage des données biométriques

Demande urgente au Secrétaire Général du Conseil de l’Europe à envoyer une requête ex article 52 CEDH aux états-membres, concernant le stockage des dates biométriques dans les passeports, cartes d’identités et bases de données gouvernementales, sous la Convention Européenne des Droits de l’Homme.

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