Biometrics are not collected from the traveller itself, but passports are still being scanned by UK officials and these contain biometrics. Are such biometrics being (copied and) stored?

  • 4
    I assume the UK stores everything it scans. Why would it not? – DavidSupportsMonica Sep 18 '19 at 18:38

This https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/779876/borders-immigration-citizenship-system-privacy-notice.pdf sets out the approach to data capture and storage

“At the border, passenger name records data is retained for 5 years. Advance passenger information may be retained for 10 years. Arrest and detention records may be held for 6 years.”

  • 1
    Thank you very much, I came across this document already. However no information is provided about biometrics, and therefore my questions remains unsolved... Biometrics are indeed mentioned in the document that you cite "You supply a biometric (for example, fingerprints or a facial biometric)" and scanning a passport is indeed equivalent to supplying a biometric. No info about retention is mentioned. – user103808 Sep 18 '19 at 19:02
  • 2
    @user103808 I’m happy to delete my answer since it hasn’t resolved your question. You should expand your question to include the research you’ve already done, so that would-be responders will know about it. – Traveller Sep 18 '19 at 19:39
  • @user103808 they don't necessarily read any biometric information from the passport at all except for passports that are scanned at a automatic gate, where the photograph is compared to the photograph they take while the traveler stands in front of the gate. – phoog Sep 19 '19 at 3:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.