Initial support in Verkhovna Rada for biometric passports
The Verkhovna Rada plans to introduce biometric information in passports in accordance with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
243 Deputies voted for the relevant bill in its first reading on Tuesday 5 July 2011.
The explanatory note states that the measure is in order to bring Ukrainian legislation into line with European.
As reported, human rights warn that information from biometric passports could end up in the hands of criminals and that any database can be hacked and used for different ends. They stress that there is no clarity as to what information will be placed on the chip, and how the information will be protected.