The Home Office has hit back at criticism for the collection of biometric data for ID cards.

 

Following claims that Government plans for ‘biometric booths' will infringe on personal security, a Home Office spokesperson dismissed the speculation.

 

The spokesperson said that it does intend for biometrics to be collected in a "photo kiosk style fingerprinting service" as trained staff will enrol customers rather than a self-service process being used.

 

An Identity and Passport Service spokesperson said: “The security of customer data is our utmost priority and we would never introduce an approach which would jeopardise the integrity of a person's biometric data.

 

“Any third-party involved in enrolment would be accredited and audited to ensure they meet and continue to meet robust and strictly administered security standards.

 

“System design standards will ensure that no data is stored locally and that all data is transmitted directly to IPS using a secure communications link. In addition all locations and personnel will be subject to strict security standards set by IPS.”