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Blunkett Calls for Tighter Borders

Home Secretary David Blunkett is calling for greater security across international boundaries. At a meeting of the G8 richest industrialised nations in Paris, Mr Blunkett will press for the introduction of improved technology to help police frontiers. The home secretary is keen to see other countries follow Britain’s lead and introduce passports containing iris scans or fingerprints. Moves towards better recognition of people entering or leaving the country has been given added impetus by the threat of international terrorism after 11 September. Human traffickers and other criminals are also a threat, with thousands of passports stolen every year. It is vital the authorities can match passports to their holders because of the increasingly prominent crime of identity theft. The problem was illustrated by the wrongful arrest of 72-year-old Derek Bond in South Africa, after US authorities mistook him for a fraudster because of an alleged identity theft. Full Story

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