|Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2000 - 03:53 pm: ||
If a business had a security camera which recorded that an employee was stealing money or doing something else undesirable... and, if in the security camera's images the employee's face was not visible but it could be seen that the guilty employee had a tattoo of a purple and black zebra on their upper left arm... then the business could require that all their employees roll-up their sleeves so they could see which employee had a purple and black zebra tattoo.
Of course, the employees could refuse to comply and then the employer would have to determine if they wanted to take other actions (dismissal, etc.) or just drop the matter.
The use of fingerprints in a business environment is not dissimilar from this example. Police records include scars, marks and tattoos, but it would probably be useless to consult the police tattoo files because most citizens do not have a police record. And, police records cannot normally be accessed for non-criminal purposes (assuming the business is conducting the investigation and they have not turned it over to the police for prosecution).
If the police are officially involved, then the courts have generally held that obtaining fingerprints is not overly intrusive and the police could request fingerprints from suspects. If the suspected employee(s) balk at giving their prints, then the police would normally consult the local prosecutor about court intervention to force the employee to give their prints if sufficient reason exists to warrant obtaining the fingerprints.
|Posted on Monday, October 23, 2000 - 04:19 pm: ||
no, in my opinion that would be inappropriate use of AFIS, and violation of a persons constitutional rights, privacy and speech.
|Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 05:31 pm: ||
Let me give you a hypothetical scenario. person A sends an anonymous letter to his/her organization complaining about the poor performance of some colleagues. The authorities in the organization (not law enforcement authorities) want to track down the writer of anonymous letter. is it legal for to match the fingerprint of suspected individuals with the one that is in the anonymous letter just to find out the troublemaker?