January 16, 2004

Schneier

on Fingerprinting Foreigners in his newest Crypto-Gram. He doesn't think that's a good idea. I agree with his reasoning, which only states some common sense truth.

Of course, all countries competing with the U.S. for income from tourism will have a different view. The new measures will make it less likely that anyone would want to visit America and more likely that people carry their business elsewhere.

But I agree with Schneier. This is another sad step on the slippery slope to the status of "Formerly Free Country", with large costs in dollars, convenience, world opinion, and freedom, but no apparent useful increase of security.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at January 16, 2004 07:54 PM | TrackBack
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