Biometric Data Collection Honvédelem Hungarian National Defence Force

The Hungarian National Defence Force could start to collect biometric data in its area of operations and in connection with illegal migration. This data will be conserved for 50 years and will be handled by the Military National Security Service. The collection and handling of the data will be achieved via NATO’s standard reconnaissance system, within the confounds of the Hungarian national defence and armed forces development program, Zrínyi 2026 – wrote

The Hungarian National Defence Force starts it biometric data collection, including mainly its area of operations, as well as because of the challenges concerning illegal migration. You can read about the levy in connection with immigration here. The following can be read in the proposal for the amendment of the law concerning the new formation of the organisational structures of the Hungarian National Defence Force:

“Henceforth, the individual data can be handled in the cases of those who appear in the area of their operation, such as civilians who support or oppose, or contact the forces of National Defence, as well as in the case of members of opposing military forces.

The Hungarian National Defence Force will partake in the operation as a data-processor, while the data controller will be the Military National Security Service.”


While executing the tasks and operations specified in the new statue of law, the Military National Security Service is allowed handle fingerprints and palm prints, DNA samples, retinal images, voice samples, facial images and more biometric data.

The data-handler must conserve the collected data for 50 years from the moment of its recording,

and in the case of a deceased person, the data can only be deleted if no further security interests demand its further conservation. These data – within the confounds of international collaborations and national security – can be forwarded to other nations or international organisations with which Hungary entered into an information privacy contract. Such data can also be transmitted to the several inland organisations concerning security, such as to the Hungarian National Police and Special Service for National Security.

The eye can also be revealing. From now on, the so-called ‘iris examination’ can expose doubtful individuals.



According to the amendment of the law, NATO, on its summit conference in Lisbon, identified the top priority biometric data-collection and sharing, as one of the deficiencies of the military alliance.

“The appearance of the illegal migration has brought the employing of biometric equipment into the foreground recently… The illegal migration stems from several different countries where the allied organisations possess a biometric database of persons arriving from such countries. With the usage of these databases and the utilisation of the existing equipment is able to detect those dangerous persons who legally or illegally attempt to cross the borders. Utilising the biometric equipment and data in such a way would assist in the prevention of possible terrorist attacks.” – can be found among the reasons to promote this amendment.

The execution of the task is closely related to the standard reconnaissance system and its development in the confounds of the Zrínyi 2026 program.

According to a different amending law, the data of those who pass into any building of the Hungarian National Defence Force will be recorded and preserved for 15 years. This would be similar to the system in prisons and other disciplinary institutions.

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