Use of eID for registration contact details: “Operator …

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Collecting contact details for contact tracing via the eID, as has been possible since the beginning of this week in the catering industry of the municipality of Aalter, is indeed “possible” from a privacy point of view, but it “should not be the only way to collect the data”. That says the Data Protection Authority (GBA), the body that oversees the protection of personal data, in a response on Friday.


Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem (CD&V), title-holding mayor of Aalter, said during the performance on Monday that registration in the catering industry via an electronic ID card reader will lead to less hassle with forms and papers. He hoped that the initiative, which could also be used in the weekly markets, would be followed in other congregations.

No phone number and email address

The GBA confirms that the collection of the necessary data via eID is “possible” according to privacy legislation, provided it is properly and securely organized. “But it shouldn’t be the only way to collect customer contact information, otherwise consent, the only legal basis, is not free,” she says. In other words, operators must “offer an alternative to the customer who does not want to have his identity card read electronically”.

According to the GBA, there are other problems with the use of the eID for registration of contact details. For example, the telephone number and e-mail address are not on the identity card. The question is therefore whether it is really useful to read an identity card if other data must be collected separately.

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