Jurist Matthias Dobbelaere-Welvaert has vowed to challenge a bill to include fingerprints on identity cards in the Constitutional Court if it is adopted as it stands.
The lawyer, who is from the De Juristen law firm, said the measure represented an excessive violation of privacy and did not add much in terms of security.
The bill, approved by a parliamentary commission on Thursday, is aimed at combatting identity fraud. It entails including fingerprints on ID cards, as is already the case for passports, starting in April 2019, according to Interior Minister Jan Jambon. The process should be completed over a period of ten years, by which time the old cards without fingerprints would all have been renewed.