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A German hacker group on Monday threatened to publish Chancellor Angela Merkel's fingerprints as part of a campaign against the government's use of biometric data in new passports.
The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), one of Germany's oldest and largest hacker organisations, on Saturday published Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's fingerprints in its own magazine.
Schaeubele's prints were taken from a water glass he used at a public debate, said CCC spokesman Frank Rieger, who predicted it would be easy for the group's supporters to collect similar samples from other public figures, including Merkel, who support the increased use of biometric data.
"We are receiving lots of offers from people right now, saying I can get this person here, this person there," Rieger said.
Former interior minister Otto Schily, president of the federal criminal office Joerg Ziercke and Bavarian premier Guenther Beckstein were also all possible targets, he added.
German passports issued since November 2007 contain a biometric chip with a copy of the holder's fingerprints that can be verified by immigration authorities.
The CCC argues that fingerprints are a poor choice for identification documents because they are easy to collect, and also to reproduce -- the group's website contains a 12-step guide for how to create a fake set of fingerprints.
"The main point we want to illustrate here is that biometric fingerprints don't offer any security, they just enhance the surveillance of citizens," Rieger said.
Privacy International's recent complaint to the UK Information Commissioner has threatened to bring a halt to an imminent plan to fingerprint all domestic and international passengers departing from Heathrow's Terminal 1 and Terminal 5, due to begin business on March 27th. The British media is reporting that in response to PI's complaint, the Information Commissioner has advised that passengers should only accept fingerprinting "under protest" until our complaint is resolved.
The prospect of a complete shutdown of two Heathrow terminals has emerged since Privacy International's complaint about passenger fingerprinting. The complaint, lodged with the UK Information Commissioner on March 9th 2008, argues that the scheme breaches the fundamental tests of necessity and proportionality under the UK Data Protection Act.
The complaint states: "We believe the BAA solution is disproportionately intrusive. Even if it were to be established that passenger switching (if indeed such a problem exists) was a terrorist threat (rather than merely a breach of airline terms and conditions on transferability) then the photo option would be less invasive and would involve fewer intrusive procedures and less personal data."
Following Privacy International's recent complaint to the Information Commissioner, the British Airports Authority has announced that it will suspend fingerprinting operations in Heathrow terminals.
Simon Davies, Director of Privacy International, said in response: "So much for BAA’s brash certainty about the legality of fingerprinting. BAA has clearly taken legal advice and concluded that it is acting unlawfully. We predict that this illegal system will never again see the light of day. Within a few weeks BAA will be flogging the technology to Beijing for the Olympics."
Nothing political at all about the map either since Cuba is gray as is Mongolia but both have huge surveillance networks ran by other countries within their borders. Most Mideast countries have a sterling record of human rights as depicted by the map.
Also some countries are rated higher, or not rated at all, than other parts of the same country.
Looks like some kids with crayons who don't like The USA, China, or Russia.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I say let them publish everyone's prints and be done with it, then they can't make up more excuses to trick us into letting them track us like cattle.
Originally posted by gkgoten100
reply to post by projectvxn
Off topic(sorry) : You are thinking of a different group of people
Sorry for the one liner.
Originally posted by projectvxn
[ The media can't tell you what to think, but they can tell you what to think about.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
What gives anyone the right to publish or expose someone else's biometric data? The hackers were doing this in protest of the government's actions, and I can understand that.
However, that does not mean I find it OK to have my personal data accessible at will by companies to better understand my purchasing habits, nor the government to be used to incriminate me.
This is a blatant disregard in privacy and the Europeans have by and large been fine with it (or at least their socialist governments).