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Tintin Wulia

Merely a Sense of Security

Fingerprinting, a technique I will use in my work, has an aura of misconduct around it. Although it is scientifically proven that little children's fingerprints would not be imprinted for too long because of the different type of sebum that they carry, angry mothers who regularly need to clean up windows dirtied by their five year-olds might argue otherwise. On the other hand, for many, fingerprinting is like having your mugshot taken after you are arrested by the police, and it is demeaning.

When I applied for the Schengen visa, however, I had to agree to a fingerprinting request. Without any accompanying explanation, I just assumed that by agreeing, I was helping the world's judicial system to insure security. But how far does fingerprinting really protect or harm us?