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2 November 2005
In this opinion, the EC Working Party (WP) points out to the risks of biometrics and the fact that there is still a lot unclear about the reliability and security mechanisms. The WP, amongst others, calls for an exhaustive discussion in society, effective safeguards, and a strict distinction between the use of the biometrics for border control purposes and contractual purposes, and only competent authorities should have access to the information stored into the chip on the passport or travel document.