[NetBehaviour] Britons to be scanned for FBI database.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jan 9 19:50:02 CET 2007
Britons to be scanned for FBI database.
· Anger over airport fingerprint plan
· Terror tests to start this summer
Paul Harris in New York, Jamie Doward and Paul Gallagher
Sunday January 7, 2007
Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their
fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in
a move that has outraged civil rights groups.
The Observer has established that under new plans to combat terrorism,
the US government will demand that visitors have all 10 fingers scanned
when they enter the country. The information will be shared with
intelligence agencies, including the FBI, with no restrictions on their
US airport scanners now take only two fingerprints from travellers. The
move to 10 allows the information to be compatible with the FBI database.
'We are going to start testing at several airports,' a Department of
Homeland Security spokeswoman confirmed. 'It will begin some time this
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