French privacy row over mass ID database

French privacy row over mass ID database

A French state watchdog has called for the suspension of a database that could end up holding the biometric details of 60 million people.

Earlier this year, the European Parliament backed a joint system on airline passenger data on flights in and out of the EU…

In Denmark, a personal ID number works across all the public service databases and campaigners worry that safeguards are insufficient.For some countries, such as Germany and Spain which suffered decades of state surveillance in the 20th Century, personal privacy is seen as essential.

The UK is due to pass by the end of 2016 the Investigatory Powers Bill which will allow security agencies to access databases held by private and public organisations. Critics have dubbed the law a “snooper’s
charter” but the House of Lords has inserted an amendment emphasising privacy as a fundamental priority.