Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Uncle Sam Wants Your Biometric Indicators

Two news reports suggest the United States government wants more personal information about its citizens and wishes to share it with a wider audience. First, the feds want to collect DNA information from anyone in its custody, not just convicted felons. Second, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff noted fingerprint information is "hardly personal information" as it's left in public. He said the following at a Canadian Press Conference:

QUESTION: Some are raising that the privacy aspects of this thing, you know, sharing of that kind of data, very personal data, among four countries is quite a scary thing.

SECRETARY CHERTOFF: Well, first of all, a fingerprint is hardly personal data because you leave it on glasses and silverware and articles all over the world, they’re like footprints. They’re not particularly private.

Aren't Mexican, Canadian and American leaders meeting soon in New Orleans to discuss intergovernmental cooperation? Who's the little brother and Big Brother in these relationships?