Has anyone had the experience of having their passport photographed at check-in at Greek hotels? This has happened to me twice at different hotels. I travel often to Greece and this practice was never done before. Apparently, this is done for the purpose of paying the "tourist tax". I have nothing against the tax, but leaving a picture of my travel document in some clerk's phone is a gross infringement of privacy and has tremendous potential for misuse.

Does anyone have any advice on how legal this is in Greece and what to do about it?


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I've had this happen in many countries.

According to Travel and Leisure:

This procedure isn’t meant to inconvenience anyone. Quite the contrary. These hotels keep a record of passports to cross check for wanted criminals, look for missing persons, or protect against identity thieves.

According to Mashable:

Mostly, it's not actually the fault of hotels. The decision to both collect and store ID information including passports originates with the government in whatever location a hotel is.

"That idea of a hotel as a place you can go and be anonymous isn’t universally true," Katie Moussouris, security expert and CEO of LutaSecurity, a company that helps governments design bug bounties, said. "A lot of the motivation behind it is for law enforcement purposes."

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    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 18:12
  • I've got no problem with the general purpose of it. But I do have a big problem with sending high-resolution scans of my passport to virtual landlords, or having a picture taken of my documents from a receptionist on private phones (and generally any device that can resend that picture to a milion people). I see limitless misuse opportunities here. If you can't fanthom at least one, then you're a very naive person. It's not a surprise that in most countries processing and storing of pictures of ID documents is a highly regulated area, allowed to government institutions and banks only.
    – Veljko
    Commented Jan 21, 2023 at 2:34

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