Comparitech has analysed 50 different countries to find out where biometrics are being taken, what they're being taken for, and how they're being stored.The firm has taken 5 key areas that apply to most countries (so as to offer a fair country-by-country comparison and to ensure the data is available). Each country has been scored out of 25, with high scores indicating extensive and invasive use of biometrics and/or surveillance and a low score demonstrating better restrictions and regulations regarding biometric use and surveillance.China has topped the list, which mightn't come as too much of a surprise. However, residents of (and travelers to) other countries may be surprised and concerned at the extent of biometric information that is being collected on them and what is happening to it afterward.The survey found that many countries collect travelers' biometric data, often through visas or biometric checks at airportsEvery country we studied is using biometrics for bank accounts, e.g. fingerprints to access online app data and/or to confirm identities within the banks themselvesDespite many countries recognizing biometric data as sensitive, increased biometric use is widely acceptedFacial recognition CCTV is being implemented in a large number of countries, or at least being testedEU countries scored better overall than non-EU countries due to GDPR regulations protecting the use of biometrics in the workplace (to some extent)These 5 countries received the highest scores overall, meaning they are showing a concerning lack of regard for the privacy of people's biometric data. Through the collection, use, and storage of biometric data, these countries use biometrics to a severe and invasive extent.Rank Country Score#1 China 24/25#2 Malaysia 21/25#3 Pakistan 21/25#4 USA 20/25#5 India, Indonesia, The Philippines and Taiwan 19/25For the full survey, click here: