The rating of countries for the use of biometrics is presented

  • Comparitech specialists examined 50 countries for the use and protection of personal data. In particular, they were interested in the question of where the biometric data are collected, why and how they are stored. Based on this, each country was awarded the corresponding number of points (maximum 25). The higher the score, the more extensive and more aggressive is the collection of biometric data in this country. Low scores, on the contrary, indicate great restrictions and controls in the collection of biometrics and government supervision.

    China scored the most points (24), followed by Pakistan and Malaysia (21), the USA (20) and India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan (19) close the top five. The top 5 countries of “excellent pupils”, where biometric data are collected not so tightly and better controlled, will look as follows: Ireland (11), Portugal (11), Cyprus (12), Great Britain (12) and Romania (12).

    As for Russia, the researchers awarded it 16 points out of 25. Canada, Argentina and Japan received the same amount.

    In each country studied by researchers, biometrics are used in banking (for example, fingerprints for authorization in banking applications or for identifying customers in banks themselves). Many countries also collect biometric data from foreigners (through visas and airport checks). Although biometric data is recognized as extremely sensitive information, widespread use is permitted in many countries. Moreover, in most countries surveillance cameras with face recognition are used or tested.

    As the study showed, in Europe as a whole, the protection of biometric data is better than outside. According to experts, this is due to the action in the European Union of the "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR).

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