Young politicians warn of e-passport risks

The youth chapters of five political parties have warned of the pitfalls of introducing new electronic passports and a central fingerprint register.

This content was published on April 21, 2009 - 11:11

The groups on Tuesday said there was a risk of hackers breaking into an increasing number of databases and lifting personal information from electronic chips of passport holders.

They also said citizens should have a choice between biometric passports and other travel documents.

The government argues Switzerland is required to introduce such passports as a member of the European single border area under the Schengen accord.

A coalition from a broad political spectrum challenged a parliamentary decision on the issue to a nationwide vote on May 17.

The youth chapters launched an online campaign to collect a large number of signatures to force the referendum.

The United States is making visa-free entry to its territory subject to an electronic passport containing a chip storing two fingerprints of the holder.


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