Fingerprint row rumbles on in Texas
02 July 2015 14:39 GMT

A privacy row in Texas over the need to submit all 10 fingerprints for a driving licence application has taken a further twist after the Department of Public Safety pledge to work towards restoring the requirement.

The Senate Transportation Committee had passed a bill in March that prohibited the DPS from the procedure, after Sen. Charles Schwertner, R- Georgetown argued that it was an invasion of privacy.

As a results, DPS returned to the old standard - a single index finger.

This week, DPS Director Steven McCraw told the Texas Public Safety Commission that the agency will continue to press for the authority to gather the biometric data.

Backers of the complete fingerprinting have said the additional data would help keep Texans safe. DPS officials said full sets are a more accurate identification tool than the thumbprints that typically accompany driver’s license applications.

McCraw wrote in a Dallas Morning News op-ed last year that authorities now relied on the fingerprint data.

 “The department has a duty to protect and ensure the integrity of the driver’s license system, as these government-issued documents serve as de facto identification documents nationwide, which can be used to board a plane, conduct financial transactions, etc,” wrote McCraw. 

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