The Register – On-the-spot fingerprint identity scanners

West Yorkshire Police are set to use fingerprint scanners on the streets to check people’s identities against a criminal database and an immigration database.

Director of Big Brother Watch Silkie Carlo said: “The growth of border-style security on our streets is alarming. That police are now stopping and scanning people’s fingerprints to check their immigration status is nothing less than the modern equivalent of being asked to show your papers.”

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners