CJEU rules fingerprints on identity cards compatible with fundamental rights

22/03/2024 | CJEU

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in Case C-61/22 that mandatory insertion of two fingerprints in identity cards is compatible with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and protection of personal data. The CJEU justified this decision by stating that the insertion of fingerprints can help combat false identity cards, lower identity theft, and ensure verification system interoperability. However, the regulation laying down the measures was declared invalid due to incorrect legal basis and legislative procedure. To avoid immediate negative consequences, the CJEU is maintaining the effects of the regulation until a new regulation is implemented before December 31, 2026.

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