February 3, 2017 at 3:58 PM
I went to the Italian consulate to renew my passport.
The new passport stores photo and fingerprints on an embedded chip. Immigration just swipes the passport and have the information loaded and ready to be compared. Cool and a bit creepy.
EU privacy laws forbid storing fingerprints - they are just transferred to the chip on the passport. Hurrah for EU privacy laws.
According to the consulate clerk people complains about having to re-take the fingerprints if they loose the passport or such – they’d rather have them stored.