The Federal Bureau of Investigation is teaming up with the “highly efficient” post office to make sure they’ve got your fingerprints. Even though it wasn’t that long ago that people were warned of sharing their DNA with ancestry sites, it seems they might have reason to be concerned now about the FBI’s desire to snag your fingerprints too.
Now, the government has announced a new program in which they hope people will voluntarily give their fingerprints. As the public has become more aware of such privacy concerns, it seems strange that on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced a new partnership with the United States Postal Service where customers can voluntarily provide them with their fingerprints while you’re at the post office.
Through a partnership between the #FBI and the @USPS, you can now submit your fingerprints electronically for an identity history summary check (IdHSC) while you buy stamps or mail packages. Learn more about IdHSC and find participating post offices at https://t.co/RUHjT1ZG31. pic.twitter.com/4aGwXAnO4d
— FBI (@FBI) December 6, 2019
Surely all the bad guys will jump at the chance to give their fingerprints to the government, right?
— The Wako Kid (@OldGlory7476) December 6, 2019
This one tweet has everyone, left and right and those not even on the political spectrum in agreement.
Gotta buy some stamps or mail a package, why not help the government build up a national database of fingerprints. That sounds great for your privacy. –PJ Media
And, you get to pay for the privilege of having your privacy rights violated repeatedly.
For a fee, the FBI can provide individuals with an Identity History Summary—often referred to as a criminal history record or a “rap sheet”—listing certain information taken from fingerprint submissions kept by the FBI and related to arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. –FBI.gov
The program is explained more on their website.
But there are ways to get this information without giving your fingerprints to the FBI. In fact, most of it is public record anyway.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to obtain a criminal background check without providing the federal government your fingerprint. Most of the information is a part of the public record. If you’ve forgotten that you’ve been arrested in the past and want to check, you can start with local records before you give Big Brother your fingerprints. There are also some websites that can pull up records for a fee as well, without giving up your fingerprints. –PJ Media
Perhaps the most insidious part of the deep state, the FBI is trusted in this country about as much as uncooked pork. Senator Rand Paul feels the same: