Biometric data located in passports should be secure. Only those meant to have access to passport data should have access. According to a recent article from Dutch News nl website there is concern over the possibility that US authorities may have access to biometric details embedded in Dutch Passports.
Biometric passports, also known as e-passports, ePassports or a digital passports, refer to a combination of standard passport booklet and an electronic passport chip that contains biometric information. The biometric information is used to authenticate the passport holder’s identity. The passport’s data should be both printed within the passport and stored on the passport chip.
The reason why there is concern about US access to Dutch passport data is because Dutch passports are produced by Haarlem-based company Morpho, a subsidiary of the American Safran group. Dutch officials want to be sure that US authorities will not have access to Dutch fingerprint and facial scans that are stored on the Dutch passports.
There is no proof in the article that mentions that the US has access or is seeking access to Dutch passports, but the article speaks of a concern of a potential breech in Dutch passport security.
From a Dutch standpoint, authorities want to make sure that their biometric passport data is secure.
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