Monday, March 24, 2008
BAA Truly is Shite II
Further to my article about BAA wanting to fingerprint its hapless passengers who have to endure the shopping mall that is Terminal 5 at Heathrow, it seems that even Nanny is worried that this is a step too far.
The Home Office denies ever having told BAA to use fingerprinting as an extra security measure, and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says that the plan may be illegal.
The ICO believes that this is another step "on the road to a surveillance society", and has warned BAA that it might breach Data Protection laws.
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner said:
"Our concern is with the surveillance society. Is this another step on the road towards that kind of society? Why do they need fingerprints, and why four? Why are other airports able to operate with just photographs, and is this a proportionate response?"
Good for the ICO!
The ICO have issued the following advice to passenger, when asked for fingerprints passengers should demand to know why they were being taken, what would be done with them and how long would they be kept.
Make the system inoperable by sheer bloody mindedness.
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