If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear other than the snoops who run this government. The BBC reports
Proposals to fingerprint children aged 11 to 15 as part of new passport and ID card plans are being considered.Immigration minister Liam Byrne told ITV1’s The Sunday Edition the proposals were being “looked at”.
Under existing plans every passport applicant over 16 will have details – including fingerprints – added to a National Identity register from 2008.
But there was concern youngsters could use passports without biometric details up to the age of 20, said Mr Byrne.
This could happen if they are issued a child passport between the ages of 11 and 15, which would be valid for five years.
The report continues,
Last month the opposition parties expressed anger that all fingerprints collected for ID cards would be cross-checked against prints from 900,000 unsolved crimes.And campaigners have long battled fingerprinting of children in schools, a practice they estimate happens in about 3,500 establishments.
From this month guidelines from privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner will urge schools to get parental consent before taking biometric data.
But under the Data Protection Act schools do not have to seek parental consent, and calls to outlaw the controversial practice have been rejected by the government.
On Monday campaign group Leave Them Kids Alone will launch a list of 10 questions it recommends all parents ask of their child’s school, if biometric systems are being considered or introduced.
If the people of Eastern Europe had been subject to the same level of surveillance and control that is now being proposed in the UK, the Berlin Wall would still be standing today. With everyone’s fingerprints and DNA on a government database, all protesters would have faced immediate arrest and imprisonment. Here, it’s already against the law to protest within a mile of Parliament. That’s not the kind of world I want for my children.
As Julian Baggini notes, ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’ is a false dichotomy;
What the innocent fear is not being found out, but living under an intrusive or unjust regime
(or, I suppose, an incompetent one that sends out people’s personal banking details to the wrong addresses and has its own employees’ details stolen by fraudsters). And this is just another step towards indoctrinating children with the idea this is all completely normal.
Update: Beau Bo D’Or has the picture.