Swedish Police Slice Finger Print Collection

Swedish police are having their knuckles wrapped twice here after sharp criticism from the Swedish data inspection authorities  – forcing the police to remove half of their finger print collection.


The critics maintain that the police have no right to keep prints made of innocent or unconvicted persons – so 100,000 prints have been removed.

Up to now, finger prints were removed from the files only if an innocent person requested it, reached the age of 80 or died.

Police insist this will make their work much harder, will now clear out the files once a month.

The police also admit that that they will have to regather prints of some convicted criminals – because in the effort to clean out the files, some of the wrong prints were eliminated.