Police fingerprint system shut down
Friday 07 April 1995
The High Court yesterday ordered the computer company IBM to shut down the only computerised fingertip recognition system covering England and Wales, when it instructed the company to hand the system's computer disks over to a consortium of police forces.
The forces set up the first English and Welsh computerised fingerprint recognition service in 1992 using a computer system supplied by IBM, but late last month they cancelled the firm's contract and demanded the return of the computer disks containing the fingerprint information.
The forces, led by Hampshire police, claim IBM did not deliver a satisfactory service, and are suing the computer giant for millions of pounds.
IBM refused to hand over the disks, arguing that it had a moral obligation to keep an interim fingerprint system running while the consortium arranged for a replacement system.
Shortly after the contract was terminated on 24 March, IBM wrote to forces inviting them to continue to use the system. The company has continued to run the system since then, although no force has used it since the contract was terminated.
IBM argued in court that a replacement system will take between six weeks and six months to set up, and that during that time the 37 forces would be deprived of computerised fingerprint matching. The company offered to keep the system running and to hand over a copy of the data used for emergency backup, but the forces demanded the return of all the disks.
The judge, Mr Justice Lightfoot, said: "The consortium may or may not be foolish in rejecting IBM's offer, but that is a matter for them. It would not be right for me to require the consortium to accept IBM's offer, when the consortium has lost all confidence in them [IBM]."
A police spokesman said the consortium was pleased to win the case, but declined to comment further. "We do not want to crow about this," he said.
IBM had no comment on the judgment last night.
The Microsoft mogul told fans a few home truths during his Reddit AMA
First full-length look is finally here
World cities ranked in terms of safety, food security and 'liveability'
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Sex abuse inquiry: 'Victims receive death threats' after MPs release names online
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Teenager brandishing fake gun taken down by police after demanding airtime on Netherlands' NOS TV station
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion this leading designer and sup...
£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a friendly, confident i...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: At Tradewind Recruitment we are currently l...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Tradewind Recruitment is currently working ...