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Greece starts issuing new ID cards as conspiracy theories spread

By Masha Borak

Greece is starting to issue its new biometric identity cards which will be valid for the next ten years. On Monday, the country introduced a government platform where citizens can apply for ID cards and started offering appointments at Police stations.

The new digital IDs will include identification information such as name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and ID number. Physical cards will also contain two fingerprints, a photo, the card access number (CAN) and a mechanical identification zone, as well as information such as parent’s names, gender, blood type and height, Greek City Times reports. They will also be equipped with RFID chip technology

The announcement of the new ID cards has fueled conspiracy theories in the European country, with calls for protests recorded throughout August. Fearing the possibility of surveillance, many Greeks have been joining long queues at police stations in an attempt to renew existing ID cards, which would be valid for ten years, according to the Greek Reporter.

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