For a unique work of art there is no need to look any further than your own fingerprint. This is exactly what the Canadian art gallery DNA 11 realized. This gallery operates under the slogan: ‘From Life Comes Art’. Their newest product is a piece of real ‘art of life’: fingerprint paintings. Here you can have a work of art made from your own fingerprint. First you will be sent a starters kit on which you can leave your fingerprint. Then you send back the whole lot, pick your favorite colours and size, and there it is! Go to http://www.dna11.com/gallery_finger_prints.as for more information.
(Thanks to Anne van Doorn for the suggestion.)
Good news from our neighbours on the other side of the North Sea: today the British decision to scrap ID cards as well as a national biometric database has officially come into force. This came about with one stroke of the pen by Queen Elizabeth. The responsible Home Office Minister Damian Green gave the following clarification: ‘‘The Identity Card Scheme represented the worst of government. It was intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive.’’ We hope the British have set a good example. When will the Netherlands follow suit?
Update: more about this news report in Webwereld, NRC's 'Recht en Bestuur' and NRC Next (in Dutch).
Below is an extensive photo impression of the day of our Passport Trial at the Palace of Justice in The Hague. These pictures were taken by press photographer Guus Schoonewille of Fastfoto and can be used freely under the following title: "Privacy First Foundation, 29 November 2010, Trial against the new Passport Act. Photo: Guus Schoonewille". Click on the picture of your choice to see a larger version which you can download using your right mouse button.