Get fingerprinted for your new Belgian ID!

The home affairs select committee has approved legislation adding a fingerprint to the data on our ID cards.  Belgium's Data Protection Authority is livid, especially because it earlier rejected the inclusion of fingerprint information.

Apply for a new ID card and a fingerprint will be required.  It's being explained as a move against terrorism.  It would also prevent identity fraud. The fingerprint information won't be held centrally.

The Data Protection Authority believes that the collection of this data isn’t proportionate, but MPs rejected the authority’s recommendation.  The authority's Willem Debeuckelaere also claims the measure is in violation of GDPR legislation making it illegal.

Protest against the bill is growing on social media with people using the hashtag #ikweiger (I refuse).