Insta-CoGo: Who Are You?
Americans would have to submit fingerprints and in some cases facial scans before being allowed to enter Europe under a proposal that will likely be considered this week by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union. The rule would also apply to citizens of other countries who can now enter Europe without visas.
The proposal, as drafted, would pretty much copy current U.S. rules requiring foreigners to be fingerprinted and photographed before coming into the United States. The rule is also in place in Japan. In fact, the United States is currently testing the collection of 10 fingerprints from foreigners, instead of the two it has been collecting.
The test is taking place at Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport and is intended to "enhance security and facilitate legitimate travel by more accurately and efficiently establishing and verifying visitors' identity," according to a release. I'd take from that the current fingerprinting system is not only not efficient, but inaccurate as well.
Personally, I'll go to Europe and offer my fingers and face if it's required, but I don't much like it, and am not convinced it enhances security. Wouldn't the money on both sides of the Atlantic be better spent improving and consolidating the records of known criminals and terrorists so that when officials check fingerprints against records, the records are complete, comprehensive and accurate?
What do you think?
By Cindy Loose |
February 14, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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