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Nationwide trials begin of police mobile fingerprint readers

Wednesday 20 July 2011

The police will soon be equipped with mobile fingerprint readers which they can use to scan fingerprints and check identities on the spot, Trouw reports on Wednesday.

The machines, which resemble a mobile phone, will be issued to forces all over the country as part of efforts to catch and deport illegal immigrants, the paper says.

The machines will have direct access to data banks where the fingerprints of immigrants are stored to make sure people are legally in the country, the paper says.

Reasonable grounds

A spokesman for the justice ministry told the paper that the police must have reasonable grounds to make identity checks.

'It is part of normal police work. Fingerprints can be checked on the spot, rather than at a police station,' he said. 'It reduces bureaucracy, keeps officers on the street and helps you with your detective work.'

Trials of the machine continue until next spring.

The paper says British police officers have been using mobile fingerprint readers since 2006. They have been criticised for disproportionately checking Asian and Afro-Caribbean people.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Interesting last sentence, because according to the British commenters here there is no racism in the UK.

By pepe | 20 July 2011 9:51 AM

Wow, slippery slope indeed. It seems like a good idea to "keep officers on the street," but in my opinion, we'll be facing the same issues with it as the UK. Human nature is too powerful.

By Maru | 20 July 2011 12:21 PM

Some British olice may have been using this, but it's not used widely by them. In fact I didn't even know British police used it until I read this article. It's British immigration investigators who use it, so the comment re Asian & Afro-Caribbean applies to immigration checks

By Alan | 21 July 2011 7:49 AM

Yet another way for private data to be leaked out and hacked, most likely it uses standard TCP/IP protocol with limited encryption that hackers can easily break into as they do government and military PC's and the consequences of this undoubtedly not been investigated and there will be no safeguards in place to deal with hacked info. It will then be possible for hackers to sell the data and plant fingerprints into peoples stored data or use it for crimes where the innocent get stitched up for a crime they never committed. I also bet they just collect the innocent ones fingerprints and pop them onto the data base! Dangerous

By PhysicsMan | 21 July 2011 7:43 PM

Pepe, There's racism in every society. Some just hide it better than others.

By Donaugh | 22 July 2011 8:46 AM

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