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Use of biometric data for ID should not infringe human rights, PACE warns

European states should enhance and modernise the legal framework surrounding biometric data used to identify individuals – such as DNA samples, fingerprinting, retina images or voice recordings – so that their use does not infringe human rights, according to PACE’s Standing Committee.

 In a resolution based on a report by Holger Haibach (Germany, EPP/CD), PACE said there should be a standardised definition of “biometric data” and supervisory bodies should ensure their use is proportional to the needs of security.