Wednesday, July 13, 2005

British Want EU to Fingerprint Citizens

European citizens face tighter identification measures

The Guardian

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is to press today's emergency European counter-terrorism summit to adopt a plan to compulsorily fingerprint all EU citizens who already carry identity cards.

The scheme is a crucial part of a 10-point anti-terrorism package that includes the retention of email and phone records for up to three years which Mr Clarke will propose when he chairs the emergency summit called in the wake of the London bombings...

A Home Office spokesman stressed, however, that the measure would not mean the EU was compelling those countries which do not have ID cards to adopt them.

Britain is to start introducing 'biometric' passports from next year; all applicants will have to go to one of 70 new centres to be fingerprinted and have their face 'scanned'. In December the EU decided that all passport holders, visitors and foreign resident nationals should be fingerprinted.

The proposal to extend this to identity card holders with implementation to start in 2006 means that most EU citizens, including the French and Germans who have only cardboard ID cards, will be fingerprinted as well.

Tony Bunyan of Statewatch, which monitors civil liberties in the EU, said: 'This proposal, with others, means that everyone living in the EU and their details are held on an EU-wide database.

'At a time of great tragedy it is all the more important that we act with care and do not bequeath to future generations a society where every movement and every communication is under surveillance.'


Anonymous irishdrifter said...

They can Fuck Off!!

They are not even signed up to the Euro!!


3:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irishdrifter, my sentiments exactly!

6:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Compulsory fingerprinting is what you do to criminals. Does this idiot want to turn us into a nation of suspects?

BTW - I'm extremely glad we're not in the Euro!!!

6:02 pm  
Blogger irishdrifter said...

Theres that Brith'ish isolationist position again.

When you come begging and scraping when your ecomony has collapsed because of the millions of people worldwide who are actively boycotting Brith'ish and el-American goods, and with the effects of China's ecomnomy, we in the Euro will give you a fair price for your beloved Pound.


8:13 pm  
Anonymous james said...

I'm sure most are aware of this already on here, but compulsory fingerprinting is on the way for the UK anyway, via the Identity Card Bill.

This creates a database to carry a file on each individual over the age of 16, which will include all 10 fingerprints, both iris scans, and will have a log of each time your ID card or finger/iris is used to verify your identity.

NO2ID is a good place to read up on the scheme, and i am happy to answer questions directly on

7:25 pm  
Anonymous james said...

Oh, and incidently, plans to fingerprint the population of the EU have been discussed numerous times before;

AND, most of the EU countries that aleadhave some kind of ID card system are looking to "upgrade" their systems by, you guessed it, introducing biometric elements to them.

France is the most obvious example, their proposed upgrade looking oddly similar to the system outlined in out ID card Bill....

7:29 pm  

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