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The European Commission has demanded Britain justifies the widespread and routine fingerprinting of children in schools because of "significant concerns" that the policy breaks EU privacy laws.
Originally posted by TheWill
reply to post by snowgirl
I have to say, with the large numbers of young offenders in this country, I have no complaint against fingerprinting. All that can be told from fingerprints is identity, so I don't see how it can really be abused (unless they go around fingerprinting non-crime scenes and rubbish in tips to work out who has been where and what they've been eating). Finding out who was at a crime-scene is only a good thing in my book.
(although finding out who was at a scene that the gov't wants covered up could be fairly unpleasant for the witnesses, I suppose...)
With DNA, I'd feel differently. If it turns out that a lot of abherrant behaviours are down to nature (i.e. genetic basis) rather than nurture, I'd be very uncomfortable with anyone having my complete DNA available for sequencing.
So I'd draw the line at DNA, but, seeing as they didn't get the chance to fingerprint me (Hah!), I'm not going to complain that they are fingerprinting schoolchildren.