Millions of Britons’ Biometric Data Could be Stored on Amazon

Highly sensitive biometric data belonging to millions of Britons is in line to be stored on Amazon’s systems, amid questions over why details of the contract have been shrouded in secrecy.

The Home Office is currently working on a wide-ranging program to combine its police and immigration biometric databases, giving it “a strategic and central bureau platform” of fingerprints, DNA and facial-matching information.

This platform could, eventually, be used by a whole host of bodies including law enforcement, border force or passport office staff, making it easier for them to access such data. The project is thought to be worth £300m over 10 years.

Read more at The Telegraph

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