Finland wants to use fingerprints to track down criminals

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Finland wants to fight crime by using fingerprints stored on passports and identity cards. The crime must be serious enough to qualify. The Ministry of the Interior is now investigating whether this is possible with the current European privacy rules.

That writes the Finnish site YLE News.

A new situation

In 2014, the ministry already investigated whether fingerprints could be used to track down crooks. At the time, researchers concluded that fingerprints from passports should not be used for detection. The Finnish Constitutional Law Committee did not want to burn its fingers.

The case is now being re-examined. Last year, the use of biometric data – such as fingerprints – was again discussed in the Finnish parliament. The reason for this was the amendment of the EU directive for the processing of biometric data by the police.

Due to this adjustment, the situation may now be completely different, an employee of the Ministry of the Interior told YLE News. That is why the department is having the matter re-examined.

Doubts about biometric identification technologies

The researchers are also looking at identification options based on biometric photos. This may allow automatic identification using facial recognition.

In the Netherlands and abroad, the use of real-time facial recognition by facial recognition technology is a hot topic. Opponents are afraid that this is the prelude to the establishment of a surveillance society. US tech companies and advocacy groups such as IBM, Amazon and EFF have argued that facial recognition technology may promote discrimination, racial inequality and ethnic profiling.

 In Finland, too, not everyone is eager to use biometric data

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