Parts of the new Dutch Passport Act came into force in June 2009. This Act stipulates that all Dutch citizens applying for a new passport must have their fingerprints taken, to be stored in a central database. The formal purpose of the Passport Act is to prevent identity and passport fraud. In spite of this, Bas Filippini, founder of Dutch foundation Privacy First, is not convinced that the authorities will refrain from using this database for other purposes as well in the future, for instance crime prevention. For that reason, Privacy First and 16 Dutch citizens summoned the Dutch State on the grounds of unlawful legislation.
‘We have plans for large-scale action and it took us quite some time to find the right lawyer to represent us in this case. We found that person at SOLV. In addition to being true professionals with strong communication skills, they are preeminent experts in the field of privacy.’