I recently suggested in this post that the fingerprinting of young children in schools was an easy and convenient way of fostering meek acceptance of identity cards, government databases and loss of civil liberty, by getting kids used to submitting to fingerprinting and biometric scans in schools at an early age.
A handy technique indeed, for those beaurocrats and state officials who would control a surveillance society.
Now, in Scotland alone, it appears that fourteen educational authorities have already introduced biometric ID systems, with at least two others planning them.
Despite assurances that information is retained only on local secure servers, not shared with any external bodies, and that the data will not be compiled on any national database, all the systems are potentially compatible. Given access to the biometric data it could potentially be used by government, police and security services ten years down the line.
The government has already ensured that the UK’s population is the most spied on and databased in the western world, with CCTV cameras – one for every fourteen of us at the last count and growing – car journeys monitored with numberplate recognition cameras, our web habits monitored, and phone calls, mobile and landline, recorded and kept so that ‘they’ know where we have been, who we have called at any time.
DNA is being gathered at a frightening pace from innocent people and kept for life and beyond on a national database, the ID card scheme and, more importantly, the national database that accompanies it is well on its way and the NHS is busy uploading all our medical files to a central database.
People applying for their first adult passport will have to attend their nearest interrogation centre where they will be subject to background checks, questioning to test their story against official records, photographs, and, eventually, fingerprinting.
Now, The Sunday Herald shows us UK 2017: Under Surveillance, described by Neil Mackay as: A chilling, dystopian account of what Britain will look like 10 years from now: a world in which Fortress Britain uses fleets of tiny spy-planes to watch its citizens, of Minority Report-style pre-emptive justice, of an underclass trapped in sink-estate ghettos under constant state surveillance, of worker drones forced to take on the lifestyle and values of the mega-corporation they work for, and of the super-rich hiding out in gated communities constantly monitored by cameras and private security guards.
A frightening glimpse into the country the children who are today being fingerprinted for access to the school library are being trained to accept as normal.
And a frightening number of parents are letting it happen.