Should Newborn Children be Fingerprinted?

512px-Baby-globalCarlina White was abducted from the hospital where she was born when she was less than three weeks old. She was raised by her kidnapper under a different identity, and as she got older she became suspicious that the kidnapper was not her real mother. She sought out her true identity and finally was reunited with her biological mother with the help of DNA tests.

Might this case be an example of why newborns should get fingerprinted and have their DNA recorded? When police departments investigate cases of missing or abducted children, they rely heavily upon surveillance data, but DNA testing and fingerprint background records are also possible options that can be used in the search.

Fingerprinting can also be helpful in the case of children with mental disabilities. These records may allow police departments to better identify these children who may wander off from home and get lost. In fact, there is a whole range of identification techniques, ranging from fingerprints to photographs and DNA.

This can be a controversial topic – some may believe that allowing this sort of personal biometric information to be recorded in a government database is an invasion of privacy. It is ultimately a fragile balance between privacy and safety. In the end, we have to weigh the pros and cons of the decision, and it may differ depending on the individual’s unique situation.