fingerprinting fingerprinting  /ˈfɪŋ ɡər ˌprɪn tɪŋ/


  • (n) the procedure of taking inked impressions of a person's fingerprints for the purpose of identification


  1. Aides to attorney General John Ashcroft have quietly sidetracked a White House promised study of ballistics fingerprinting, a forensic technique hotly opposed by the gun lobby.
  2. Visitors could face digital fingerprinting at airports under plans to beef up border security.
  3. Result: a new forensic technology he calls brain fingerprinting.



    Children were able to meet a K-9 dog from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office at the Highland Community Hospital’s Children’s Safety Fair. Fingerprinting and face painting were some of the other activities children were able to participate in on Saturday.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Picayune Item

  2. Our View: Taking routine DNA samples seems OK, but let's see some guidelines

    Since the earliest use of DNA testing as a law enforcement tool, the process often has been called "genetic fingerprinting.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


  1. "DNA and fingerprinting is vital to the fight against crime, providing the police with more than 3,500 matches a month, and I am disappointed by the European Court of Human Rights' decision," said Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in an e-mailed...
    on Dec 4, 2008 By: Jacqui Smith Source: Bloomberg

  2. "We are extremely startled by the recent measures announced by the Italian government. Fingerprinting adults and minors is discriminatory and goes against certain agreed principles," Dutch lawmaker Jan Marinus Wiersma said.
    on Jul 7, 2008 By: Jan Marinus Wiersma Source: USA Today

  3. Miss Teather said: "These figures confirm an extremely worrying situation where schools are fingerprinting pupils without any guidance on whether it is legal to do so. This is happening right under Alan Johnson's nose and he still refuses to act....
    on Jun 3, 2007 By: Sarah Teather Source:

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