Study reveals extent of biometric data collection in Romania


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From passport photos to accessing bank accounts with fingerprints, the use of biometrics is growing at an exponential rate.

Comparitech analyzed 50 different countries to find out where biometrics are being taken, what they’re being taken for, and how they’re being stored. 5 key areas that apply to most countries have been considered (so as to offer a fair country-by-country comparison and to ensure the data is available). Each country has been scored out of 25, with high scores indicating extensive and invasive use of biometrics and/or surveillance and a low score demonstrating better restrictions and regulations regarding biometric use and surveillance.

Romania for instance scored 12 in 25.

“With the same score as Cyprus, Romania does particularly well due to its lack of facial recognition CCTV and the fact it isn’t yet part of the Schengen Agreement. However, it is worth noting that Romania is in talks to join, which would increase their score by at least 2 points as biometrics would then be collected upon entry to the country,” the survey reads.

Romania, alongside Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Unitd Kingdom, are “proactively putting measures in place to try and protect certain areas of biometric data,” the study says.

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