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A thought came to me as I looked at my fingers this morning: my eczema is getting worse and my fingers have gradually lost much of their prints. How is Disability Discrimination Act (for dermatitis/eczema can be a disability) going to interlock with the ID Cards Bill? Am I going to lose my Notional Identity (or worse, break the law) if I can't produce a valid fingerprint due to a medical condition?

I fingerprinted myself and scanned the results. These are available at and suggest that I will have problems at the Passport Office in 5 years' time when the scanner refuses to recognise over half my fingers. Note to self: wear rubber gloves when washing the dishes the night before getting my new passport (Fairy washing-up liquid is one of the worst irritants for my skin).
Marek Isalski, 14 years ago.

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