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Police to be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners

Posted By admin On March 4, 2010 @ 10:45 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Chris Greenwood,
Press Association [1]
March 4, 2010

Every police force in England and Wales will be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners to check the identity of suspects in the street.

Up to 3,000 devices, the size of a mobile phone, will enable officers on patrol to cross-reference prints with national records.

Senior officers claimed the scheme would speed up criminal inquiries, bring more people to justice and save thousands of hours of police time.

But fears have arisen the technology could contribute to the so-called “surveillance state” and encourage random searches.

Police said scanned fingerprints would only be stored for a short time while they were checked and would not be added to any databases.

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[1] Press Association: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-to-be-equipped-with-mobile-fingerprint-scanners-1916123.html

[2] Image: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=354152106&mt=8#

[3] Mobile fingerprint scanners plan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mobile-fingerprint-scanners-plan.html

[4] POLICE STATE: New LAPD Cruisers Equipped With Infrared Cameras, License Plate Scanners…: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-state-new-lapd-cruisers-equipped-with-infrared-cameras-license-plate-scanners.html

[5] Documents Reveal New Details About DHS Development of Mobile Body Scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/documents-reveal-new-details-about-dhs-development-of-mobile-body-scanners.html

[6] Mexico to fingerprint mobile-phone owners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mexico-to-fingerprint-mobile-phone-owners.html

[7] Student finds mobile phone while out celebrating his 18th birthday and is ARRESTED after handing it in to police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/student-finds-mobile-phone-while-out-celebrating-his-18th-birthday-and-is-arrested-after-handing-it-in-to-police.html

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