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 March 23, 2011  Posted by  Court, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

I’ve had a tough time following the legal challenges to a Dutch law requiring fingerprints to obtain a passport, mainly because of the lack of English-language news coverage in depth, but here’s the latest development, from

The Hague city council is within its rights to refuse to issue a passport to a woman who refused to give her fingerprints, a court ruled on Wednesday.

The court backed the council because fingerprints are required by law. The woman refused to comply because they will be stored in a database and used to track criminals.

The woman argued this infringed her right to privacy and her human rights.


What’s not clear to me, among other things, is whether now that she’s actually been denied a passport, she’ll have standing to go back to the Hague, or if this development is irrelevant to challenges filed there and the protestors will still need to go to the administrative court.

Any Dutch readers care to help out?

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