November 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven ...[read more]
October 2, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 30, 2008, the Italian Court of Cassation overturned the convictions of six Italian men for their distribution of anti-Roma literature. The court based its decision on the finding that the men's actions did not stem from racial hatred, but from the belief that all Roma are thieves. There ...[read more]
November 19, 2011
by Cody Harding
On November 19, 2006, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill instituting mandatory fingerprinting of all visiting US citizens, in defiance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The bill was passed by conservative Majlis by a vote of 135 to 26. Ahmadinejad had spoken out against the bill, emphasizing ...[read more]
July 10, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On July 10, 2008, the European Parliament voted to adopt a resolution calling on member states to "review and repeal laws and policies that discriminate against the Roma on the basis of race and ethnicity." The resolution followed Italy's decision to implement a controversial plan to fingerprint ...[read more]
November 11, 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi
The UK Home Office on Wednesday unveiled its plans for the retention of DNA profiles in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The new proposals limit the amount of time DNA and fingerprint records of innocent people can be retained on the national database. Under the proposed measures, the ...[read more]
February 10, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
The Mexican government published a law Monday that will create a database of mobile phone users in the country, including vital information and fingerprints, once it takes effect in April. The law, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, amends certain provisions of the Federal ...[read more]
December 4, 2008
by Tarah Park
The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled Thursday that the British practice of keeping the fingerprints and DNA profiles of people arrested but not convicted of crimes was against privacy rights and should not continue. The suit was originally brought by UK nationals Michael Marper and ...[read more]
October 16, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
US insurance giant American International Group (AIG) is lobbying state governments to relax strict, recently enacted rules designed to provide greater oversight of the mortgage lending industry, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The rules are contained in the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing ...[read more]
July 23, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Italy will rework plans to fingerprint the country's Roma minority, altering requirements to only include those who do not have valid identification cards, the country's Interior Ministry announced Tuesday. The decision is seen as a concession to intense criticism of the fingerprinting ...[read more]

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