Electronic health cards containing a computer chip and a passport photo do not breach the right of an insured person to informational self-determination, the German Federal Social Court has ruled. The complainant had argued that the photo was not necessary for identification purposes. He had also complained that the chip allowed for the storage of highly sensitive patient data and that it was not possible to trace the use and processing of such data. The Court held that chips and photos served the common interest of prevention of misuse and that this prevails over privacy interests.

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