[NetBehaviour] Britons to be scanned for FBI database.

marc 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
The Observer

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 
international use.

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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