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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

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A Home Office spokesperson said, “The public rightly expects us to carry out our legal duty to electronically monitor any foreign criminals released on immigration bail whilst awaiting deportation.”

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The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner, so the Home Office can determine their location and identity at all times.

Adult foreign nationals subject to deportation orders will be required to scan their fingers when prompted on the key fob-like devices from Buddi to verify their identity and proximity to the device.

Lucie Audibert at Privacy International says the scanners, which will launch this fall, will be just as intrusive as ankle tags.

"It may also feed into the normalization of GPS tracking as it becomes physically and morally more tolerable and acceptable to wear this new device than an ankle tag that is loaded with stigma," Audibert warned.

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