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Police Say Fingerprinting Not a Done Deal

BIOMETRICS

November 11, 2011

Niagara police say they may not pursue a study that could ask strippers, cabbies and bus drivers to provide fingerprints on the job, reports The Standard. The Niagara Regional Police licensing unit is investigating biometrics as a way to protect against identity theft, but there has been public concern. Vaughn Stewart, acting chair of the police board's licensing committee, said any program would be thoroughly considered before implemented. "We would need legal opinions on this, whether it's appropriate. It's like the airport. Do you like being patted down and having to take your shoes off? Society has made the decision that those little infringements are for the greater good," Stewart said.

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