Nov 252009
 
 November 25, 2009  Non-U.S., Surveillance

From the Deutsche Presse-Agentur:

More than 3,000 people in the Netherlands have signed a petition demanding that the government overturn a law enabling it to store the fingerprints of all Dutch citizens in a central electronic database.

Since September 21, everyone applying for a Dutch passport is obligated to provide four fingerprints for storage in a database that is accessible to municipal authorities, the national intelligence service AIVD and the Justice Department.

A group, calling itself Het Nieuwe Rijk (The New Empire) launched the online petition late Tuesday and has also distributed brochures in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, comparing the move to administrative methods used by Nazis during World War II to persecute Jews.

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