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  • by pudge (1) on 2003.05.20 19:12 (#20325) Homepage Journal
    It's weird, I've never thought of fingerprinting as being "treated like a criminal." Maybe because the majority of fingerprinting I've been around was with children, for local safety programs, for identification in case of things like abduction. I dunno, I just don't think of fingerprinting as a big deal, I think of its purpose in a given context, and in this context, the purpose doesn't seem to be very offensive.

    That said, I don't know how useful the fingerprinting will be, but IANAFBIA.
    • The problem is not in fingerprinting per se, it's in what various public or private agencies are allowed to do with the fingerprint (or biometric / DNA) databases.
      • Well yes, but gnat's apparent complaint (and the complaint of others) was that being fingerprinted it being "treated like a criminal," and I was addressing only that.
    • Well, yeah -- but that depends on the circumstances. I am a law-abiding citizen -- to the degree that probably 95% of U.S. citizens are, anyway -- but when I got fingerprinted, I was nervous. Why?

      I was completely surrounded by police officers.

      I don't necessarily have a problem with cops. I've read/watched/intuited abuses of the power a police officer has, though, and I quite frankly feared for my life a tiny little bit.

      I can't help it. I get that all the time now. I got it yesterday, when I was s


      You are what you think.