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Our Questions for police implementing mobile fingerprint scanning:
- What controls are in place to guard against racial profiling?
- What was the racial demographic of those stopped in the pilot?
- What types of offences have merited a stop, with what frequency?
- If the officer deemed an offence to have taken place amid a group, how many people from each group were asked for ID and scanned?
- How will police contain the risk of innocent citizens having fingerprints taken? What level of offence merits such an invasion of citizen privacy and potential consequences?
- How can an officer make this judgement call without racial profiling and/or transphobia?
- What audit trail is left of the stop and scan on the database?
- What traces persist from scans on the national criminal and Home Office databases?
- How can scanning prints in the field be justified when the person isn’t under arrest?
- What % of search results actually indicates something meaningful about the person’s status?
- How many people who are not deemed ‘foreign national offenders’ but who have Home Office database flags have been reported? In what circumstances would they not be reported?
- How can a database with independently-judged data flaws be used for border control purposes?
- How many people have been detained or deported as a result of this process?
- What was the racial demographic of these people?
- What were the offences that led to their incarceration or removal?
- How are people from Black, Brown and migrant communities meant to access police help for matters like domestic violence when they know there’s a risk this could happen to them? What does that mean for their vulnerability to harm?
- How well do police understand the holistic impact of this new measure on their communities?