jagman said:I see it can only be used with suspects permission. I wonder how often you would be offered the option to decline?
On the other hand if nobody has to give a print isn't it pretty worthless? If you are wanted by the law you can simply refuse, or is that a sign of guilt and grounds for your arrest these days?
Agent_Smith said:I will be saying a firm NO to any plod that asks me for my fingerprints.
Look what happened when they took DNA samples that where meant to be temporary. They forgot to dispose of them until a law was changed to allow them to keep them indefinitely
They'll only get one finger from me!
Ratcatcher said:If someone told us 20 years ago that there would be ID cards, 500,000 CCTV camera's, taking your shoes off to get on the plane, widespread DNA scanning and street-level biometric scanning, you would think it was some orwellian nightmare.
I genuinely dont mind when we have a benign state, but how long will that last? What happens next time we have a miners strike, antiwar protests or poll-tax protests? I am not an anti-govt protester type in particular, but in the future I would like to have the option without having to worry about being tracked in my car (for charging), or being tracked through my credit card usage or mobile phone trace.
Nothing to worry about now, but god help us if a more sinister regime comes to power. The thing is I dont feel safer or more protected with all these things in place....
Awol said:If you think that is bad, a lot of primary schools (yes, primary schools) are fingerprinting kids to keep track of where the books are going.
One of the scariest developments in a long time methinks.