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Q: Biometrics at customs

The Kowloon-Guangzhou customs point has installed fingerprinting machines. It serves so many purposes! The foreigner line moves slower, they need extra staff to help idiots put their hands (all 10 fingers) on the machine, the government has foreign fingerprints to frame for unsolved murders, and someday they may even figure out a way to link that data so people cannot just go get a new passport #. What happens when this goes wide at all customs points?

18 weeks 12 hours ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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You will love this then! I live in Guangzhou, very rarely do i ever go through any border here or leave the country, the last time i even went through any kind of "official" check was at passport control at Baiyun airport 6 years ago! 

 

Last month i planned to take my wife and daughter to Hong Kong for some Christmas gift shopping and ideas, got to Shenzhen and i was refused because i cannot provide fingerprints, or rather i can only provide my right hand digits ( 3 pinkies on my left hand were amputated years ago ) not even a sorry, or a oh dear, let him in anyway...so after i spent a heated 10 minutes of cussing and taking pics of them, an English speaking officer approached and said " Sorry, we can let you through now...." 

The catch? i had to delete the photos of her incentive colleagues mimicking my obvious ailment. 

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Fingerprints are nothing.

I remember a few years back when Manchester airport installed full body scanners that basically let security see the naked body of the person being scanned.

You dont say what side of the border the fingerpriints are being taken. Chinese side or HK side? Is it part of the fast track card system?

And why are you so worried about unsolved murders?

And... erm.. wow, if your fingerprints are linked to an unsolved murder, your biggest worry is not getting a new passport! ha ha.

The ports have been using facial recognition for years.

Even Apple are now saying fingerprints are not secure. But that could be because they could not get it to work on their new iphone X.

So come on.... who did you murder:-)

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It could be a fake scan. Designed to make couriers sweat.

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You will love this then! I live in Guangzhou, very rarely do i ever go through any border here or leave the country, the last time i even went through any kind of "official" check was at passport control at Baiyun airport 6 years ago! 

 

Last month i planned to take my wife and daughter to Hong Kong for some Christmas gift shopping and ideas, got to Shenzhen and i was refused because i cannot provide fingerprints, or rather i can only provide my right hand digits ( 3 pinkies on my left hand were amputated years ago ) not even a sorry, or a oh dear, let him in anyway...so after i spent a heated 10 minutes of cussing and taking pics of them, an English speaking officer approached and said " Sorry, we can let you through now...." 

The catch? i had to delete the photos of her incentive colleagues mimicking my obvious ailment. 

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