(FYI, this was posted yesterady -- there were some interesting comments: item?id=16842414)
I guess law enforcement doesn't pay attention to stuff like this:
"A new American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) working group report on the quality of latent fingerprint analysis says that courtroom testimony and reports stating or even implying that fingerprints collected from a crime scene belong to a single person are indefensible and lack scientific foundation."
Seems like you'd need to prove the pills in question were the alleged substance?
Just linking a picture of alleged narcotics to someone via their fingerprint doesn't seem like it should rise to the level of reasonable suspicion. I don't know what the standards are for the UK though, so I may be applying assumptions.
I seriously doubt that photo had enough of the fingerprint in it to get a match. I'm not saying this can't be done - I just don't see how that particular photo offers enough data points to uniquely identify someone.
But if anyone has more details on the technical analysis they did, do tell!
Quick heads up to everyone who hasn't apparently read the article: This case is from the UK, where the evidentiary rules are different. It wouldn't pass muster in the US as there is an additional procedural hurdle the prosecution would have to clear to establish that the fingerprint(s) at issue could have been reliably extracted from the image. If the image in the article is the actual image in the case, it wouldn't satisfy US guidelines for fingerprint analysis.
Opens the possibility of framing someone by Photoshopping their fingerprint into a photo.
I think I'd be much more concerned about digital fingerprints that come from the lenses and sensor than physical finger prints. Anyone smart would hide revealing details. Sites who offer services like this should introduce noise to the images that distorts at least the digital artifacts.
Has anyone unlocked a phone using a picture of the owner's finger? That would be neat!
Parallel construction is illegal.