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March 16, 2007

EU Fingerprints Database

What joy:

Proposals for a centralised database of fingerprints from across the Continent were revealed yesterday, fuelling fears on all sides of a Big Brother Europe.

The scheme for a computerised collection of personal details drawn from all 27 countries in the EU is the latest in a raft of anticrime measures in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

Britain would be expected to contribute all the details held by police. These include fingerprints of suspects and people released without charge, as well as those convicted of crimes. The plan coincides with the Home Office preparing to expand the range of people fingerprinted to include those caught speeding or dropping litter.

Me, I take this as the opening move in the dance leading to a pan European database of everybody, along with an ID card. Think of our own Dear Leader's project, writ 27 times larger.

March 16, 2007 in European Union | Permalink


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