Europe wide fingerprints and databases

The
Times
has finally seen the proposals highlighted
in this blog for a centralised database of fingerprints from across the
Continent, fuelling fears on all sides of a Big Brother Europe.

The Times only
explains 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.  

Britain would be expected to contribute all the
details held by police. These include fingerprints of suspects and people
released without charge, as well as those convicted of crimes. The plan
coincides with the Home Office preparing to expand the range of people
fingerprinted to include those caught speeding or dropping litter.

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.  

This
will be supplemented in due course by biometric data collected as part of the
ID card and ePassport schemes, also highlighted
in this blog, showing the eEuropean roadmap.

“This rings alarm
bells in terms of civil liberties and in
Brussels overreaching itself,” said Baroness
Ludford, a Liberal Democrat MEP, who called the project “Euro Big Brother run
riot”. “It is irresponsible of the European Commission to act like this”. 

The documentation
for eServices is available on the IDABC database in
Brussels, and if we look at each of
the countries who are implementing such schemes we can see that all have filed
their documentation – except the
UK and Croatia.

If
we look for instance at Sweden’s
view of eGovernment, we can see a soft approach to its citizens, clearly
outlining how they will join up government, provide services to the population
and business and in no way suggests that they are stealing our identities. 

Very
different from the
UK approach, which is
secretive, aggressive, punitive, whilst at the same time watering down data protection safeguards, removing citizens rights and with doubt big brother in disguise.

DNA samples and
fingerprints could soon be taken in shopping centres from suspected litterbugs
and shoplifters.

The evidence will
be collected in temporary detention centres designed to fast-track petty
offenders, such as drivers caught not wearing a seat belt, the Home Office
proposes.

But the idea
could add thousands of extra names to the national
DNA register and sweep away long-standing
restrictions on whose information police are allowed to keep.

The document
suggests fingerprinting those accused of non-recordable offences – which might
include dropping litter, fouling the pavement, throwing fireworks in the street
and trespassing on the railway.

Why on earth is
there a need to build a super database with every citizens finger prints on
it.?
Why the mad rush by the Home Office to get as many people fingerprinted as
possible, through schemes such as ID cards, ePassports and now the Jail in a
shop scheme? 

There is no
reason whatsoever why the UK
PNC should not have on line access availability built
in. Its all a question of proportionality. Why do they need all this data, when
simple links can be more than adequate.

That is to say if
a crime is committed in
Germany then the German police can obtain access
to the
PNC via a link. That would ensure that each
transaction was logged and audited. That would surely satisfy cross border
requirements, and would limit access to authorised requests.

 

Say
NO to ID cards, Say NO to the Database state.

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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