[IP] Travelers to Europe May Face Fingerprinting

David Farber dave at farber.net
Tue Feb 12 04:50:54 PST 2008

From: cdel at firsthand.net [cdel at firsthand.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 5:26 AM
To: David Farber
Subject: Re: [IP] Digest 1.1609 for ip


Coincidentally ? the EU is also clamping down on flights from the US.
(with thanks to HJ Affleck who posted this Washington Post piece to
the FIPR list this morning.)

If US citizens do not have to provide fingerprint data when they ask
for a passport to travel out of the US then should the US government
want this data on their citizens I suppose they can always ask the
Europeans, Japanese, Brazilians .....


Washington Post

Travelers to Europe May Face Fingerprinting

By Ellen Nakashima and John Ward Anderson
Washington Post Staff Writers

Tuesday, February 12, 2008; Page A01

The European Commission will propose tomorrow that all foreign travelers
entering and leaving Europe, including U.S. citizens, should be
fingerprinted. If approved by the European Parliament, the measure would
mean that precisely identifying information on tens of millions of
will be added in coming years to databases that could be shared by
governments around the world.

The United States already requires that foreigners be fingerprinted and
photographed before they enter the country. So does Japan. Now top
security officials want to follow suit, with travelers being
and some also having their facial images stored in a Europe-wide
according to a copy of the proposal obtained by The Washington Post.

The plan is part of a vast and growing trend on both sides of the
to collect and share data electronically to identify and track people in
the name of national security and immigration control. U.S. government
computers now have access to data on financial transactions; air travel
details such as name, itinerary and credit card numbers; and the names
those sending and receiving express-mail packages -- even a
description of
the contents...

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