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Passion Islam I September 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
International crackdown
on identity fraud
A new fingerprint sharing deal with easier to detect those people with
Canada and Australia will boost the previous criminal histories in other
fight against identity fraud, the Home countries, as well as speed up
Office announced. removals and establish previously
Under the new data sharing unknown identities.
agreement, the United Kingdom will These checks are complementary
be able to swap fingerprint information to the ones we already undertake
on foreign criminals and asylum with our European partners, and
seekers with these two countries - trials of the data sharing agreement
making it easier than ever to flag up have already reaped results, with
those migrants who try to hide their individuals’ identities being revealed
past from authorities, while ensuring through the exchange and checking
personal information continues to be of fingerprints.
protected. In one such case, an individual
This groundbreaking agreement claiming asylum in the United
has been developed by the members Kingdom as a Somali was found to
of the Five Country Conference, have previously been fingerprinted on
which is a forum for cooperation on arrival in the USA while travelling on
measures to improve immigration an Australian passport.
controls and border security. The USA Australia subsequently confirmed
will be joining the agreement shortly, that the individual was an Australian
and New Zealand is considering citizen wanted for rape. This resulted
anonymous and cannot be linked to an
legislation to join in the near future. in his deportation to Australia, where
individual unless a match is detected
Each country will have the same he faced court proceedings and is
between countries; destroying
ability to check fingerprints, and for now serving a jail sentence.
fingerprints once a match has been
the first year of the agreement each The protection of personal
completed with no fingerprint database
country will be able to share 3,000 information is important to all the
being compiled; and using encryption
sets of fingerprints with partner countries involved in this project and
and other security tools to protect files
countries - this number will rise as the the specific measures that are being
that are shared.
deal rolls out. employed to protect privacy include:
The collaboration will make it ensuring that all fingerprints remain
Man charged over
anti-Muslim leaflets
A man has been charged with Lancashire which claim Muslims are
& translation service
distributing leaflets in Cumbria which responsible for the heroin trade.”
alleged Muslims were responsible for Bamber, of Greenbank Street,
the heroin trade. Preston, and who stood for the BNP at
Former British National Party local elections in the city in 2006, was
election candidate Anthony Bamber, due to appear at Preston Magistrates’
53, is accused of incitement to commit Court.
religious hatred, police said. Three other men, all from East
The leaflet was also distributed in Lancashire, were also arrested as part
Burnley and circulated in other parts of the investigation. They were told by
of Lancashire and Yorkshire. police last month that they would not
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman face charges over the matter.
said: “Following advice from the Crown Supporters of the BNP, including
Prosecution Service a 53-year-old party leader and North West MEP
Call us: 07506 466 385
man from Preston has been charged Nick Griffin, demonstrated outside the
or email us your requirements to
in connection with an investigation police station in Burnley last November
into the distribution of leaflets in following the dawn raid arrests.
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