Courts & Crime

December 8, 2010

Fingerprint scanner use raises privacy concerns in N.C.

Next month, 13 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina will begin using a new handheld device that lets an officer scan a person's fingerprints and seek a match in an electronic database - all without going anywhere. Police say taking fingerprints in the field will allow them to work more efficiently and safely. But the ACLU worries that the device may allow officers to violate privacy rights.

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