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    Should the recording of fingerprints (physical & DNA) from newborns be law? Would such an decree help deter crime and assist police in the apprehension of a criminal? Don't see how it couldn't. It sounds like a good idea, so what's stopping it?


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    It sounds like a good idea, so what's stopping it?
    Who says it's a good idea?

    Most of us value freedom and privacy. What advocates of these sorts of proposals have to do is to convince us that the intrusion into privacy and personal information is less of a loss than the gain in police effectiveness. Seeing as my initial response is "police state", I'd not be the first to agree with you. I don't know how many others would feel that strongly, but I doubt I'm the only one.


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    Freedom has little to do with it. But privacy; what are we losing? besides that which is ultimately universal and not private at all really,
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    It sounds like a good idea, so what's stopping it?
    Who says it's a good idea?

    Most of us value freedom and privacy. What advocates of these sorts of proposals have to do is to convince us that the intrusion into privacy and personal information is less of a loss than the gain in police effectiveness. Seeing as my initial response is "police state", I'd not be the first to agree with you. I don't know how many others would feel that strongly, but I doubt I'm the only one.
    In this day and age I don't think your privacy matters too much. You never know, but you might be under surveillance in your own home. I can go on the no call list and still solicitors get through, I get spam with a spam blocker, I can be hacked and not know it and some government patsy could leave a briefcase unattended at the subway station with all your important information within. Facebook is another one, people leave vital information about themselves all the time. I'm being realistic, this is the world we are forging, so we might as well take advantage of it. If we can get some murderer off the street thanks to fingerprinting at birth then I'm all for it.
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    If we're talking about the possibility of using the occasion of birth as an opportunity to solve later crime, maybe we should think about spending a few bucks more. Running some parental guidance/education programs so that infants have less damaging stress in the critical early months/years would be a much better way to reduce the amount of deviant behaviour in the first place.
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