Allegations have recently been made that Scottish Police are trying to persuade the employers of construction firms to share the personal data they have on their employees: including fingerprints.

Consequently, this has caused outrage among the representatives of construction workers claiming that it is a “whole new level of intrusion”. A ‘whistleblower’ revealed that apparently, the Scottish Police have been approaching construction firms with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In which, employers are asked to help “proactively tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting and protecting vulnerable people and protecting community safety.”

One of the companies that received this was Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Construction (AWPRC). They use workers fingerprints as a security system. However, the police wanted to add this information to their own database.

The Construction Index reported: “Police Scotland claim the document was never actually used, although the attempt is not denied in the Daily Record’s report.”

Construction union, Unite’s regional secretary stated: “While this is clearly a shocking revelation, Unite is not surprised that this level of collusion continues, but to seek to fingerprint workers takes it to a whole new level of intrusion.”

Unite always knew blacklisting was continuing and any exchange of information on law abiding workers should rightly raise concerns.”

“By collating and sharing information on workers they are in fact instigating a blacklist, which is not only a breach of their civil liberties, it is a breach of their human rights.”

“There needs to be public scrutiny of the relationship between the police and construction companies.”

“Unite has asked the Scottish government to instigate a public inquiry into blacklisting along the lines of the Pitchford Inquiry which was set up investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces.”

Trackable hard hats are another controversial topic at the moment. Currently being trialled on sites in America, these hard hats were introduced to help improve productivity. But are they also an invasion of privacy? Take a look at the full report here.

So what do you think of this? Would you be okay for your fingerprints being handed over to the police? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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