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 August 21, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance

The UK is to share fingerprint information with Canada and Australia, with the US and New Zealand to follow soon, the Home Office said today.

The collaboration will make it easier to detect people with criminal histories in other countries, speed up deportations and establish previously unknown identities, the Home Office said.

The new data-sharing agreement is aimed at fighting identity fraud, the Home Office said in a statement. It is a product of the Five Country Conference on immigration and border control.

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The Brisbane Times adds some commentary on the implication for asylum seekers.

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