To help combat real estate fraud the city of Chicago is requiring starting June 1st that homesellers provide a fingerprint. Withrampnt fraud occurring in the city, this is not a bad idea. But being a libertarian, the idea of a government official taking my fingerprint disturbs me. I would like to see that these fingerprints be destroyed after a period of time.
“I wouldn’t like that at all. I don’t think that’s necessary,” said Chicagoan Donald Hayes.
“I don’t know what I think about that. Not very good, I think, said Jenny Armstrong of Lake Villa.
The new law, which is set to go into effect June 1, 2009, will force anyone selling property in Cook County to provide a thumbprint from their right hand. via CBS2 Chicago
Fingerprinting is something we often associate with crime. So the fact that Cook County home sellers will soon have to provide a thumb print left some people shocked.
This will give Big Brother one more service available Free of Charge from Realtors and give Sellers one more reason to FSBO.
The government here in Canada already has us collecting personal photo ID information for our sellers, is this the next step for Canada also?