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Posted by on Mar 16, 2007 in At TMV | 1 comment

Big Brother Europe’s Controversial ‘Fingerprinting’

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

“The aim is for the database to be up and running by the end of next year. The sensitive information it contains could be shared with third parties, such as US law enforcement authorities…”

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  • domajot

    This is such a pertinent subject that I’m surprised no one has commented.

    I do so reluctantly, because I’m not sure where I stand.

    I recongnize how real the threat of terrorism is around the world, not just he EU. At the same time, I recognize the threat of Big Brother stomping all over civil liberties.

    I suspect that the solution has more to do with how any policy is executed rather than specific laws. In the wake of revelations about how the Patriot Act has been misused, I don’t trust authorities to stay within acceptable limits.
    On the other hand, I can’t deny that a coordinated tracking system of suspects would be an effective tool.

    There has to be found some middle ground, I guess, like in all things.

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