European Parliament approves digital registration for MEPs attendance

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According to a document about a bureau meeting on Monday, February 5, that Euractiv saw, the European Parliament will replace the manual registration of lawmakers’ attendance with a system based on scanning their badges and, optionally, fingerprints.

The European Parliament’s bureau is an internal body that handles administrative issues.

In order to receive a daily tax-free allowance of €338 under the current system, MEPs must manually register before attending plenary sessions, committee meetings, or group meetings.

MEPs receive this allowance in addition to their annual salary of €120,000 to help with housing and other related expenses.

According to a document about a bureau meeting on Monday, February 5, that Euractiv saw, the European Parliament will replace the manual registration of lawmakers’ attendance with a system based on scanning their badges and, optionally, fingerprints.

The European Parliament’s bureau is an internal body that handles administrative issues.

In order to receive a daily tax-free allowance of €338 under the current system, MEPs must manually register before attending plenary sessions, committee meetings, or group meetings.

MEPs receive this allowance in addition to their annual salary of €120,000 to help with housing and other related expenses.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), which oversees how European institutions handle personal data, included the “one to many” data storage system in its recommendations. This system reduces the risk of unauthorized access to biometric data by allowing biometric templates to be altered or cancelled.

Additionally, the EDPS emphasized the benefits of implementing a “one-to-one system,” in which fingerprint readers’ local databases would not store any biometric data.

Prior to October, the European Parliament sought advice from its service provider on this matter; however, the latter stated that their system did not support the use of renewable and cancellable templates and would impact biometric performance.

The final decision stated that fingerprint registration would only occur if the process complies with the EDPS’s opinions, that fingerprint registration is voluntary, and that the decision will be reviewed in two years.

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