Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 31/03/2008

Germany Giving Away Fingerprints! = Free Shopping.

[A] hacker club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s interior minister and a staunch supporter of the collection of citizens’ unique physical characteristics as a means of preventing terrorism…

“The whole research has always been inspired by showing how insecure biometrics are, especially a biometric that you leave all over the place,” said Karsten Nohl, a colleague of an amateur researcher going by the moniker Starbug, who engineered the hack. “It’s basically like leaving the password to your computer everywhere you go without you being able to control it anymore.”

Source [A]

Jacqui Smith (UK) is getting ready to roll out the new Bio-metric ID cards

[ B]ritain will begin issuing national identity cards within months, targeting foreigners, airport staff and students in the first wave of the program, the government said Thursday.Foreign nationals will need to provide fingerprints and personal data for a database linked to the plan starting in November, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said.

Source [B]

Even better news:

U.S. and Germany want to share fingerprint, DNA databases

[U].S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and their German counterparts–Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries–initialed an agreement on Tuesday to swap fingerprint and DNA data.

Soutce [U]

Soon all the great politicians fingerprints will be on ebay, I wonder whose will be the most expensive. Isn’t technology great!

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