I THINK the only use of fingerprints (Thumbs down, The Press, January 6) should be for criminals and the only place for storage of them is with the police.

There is always the danger of computers being hacked into and of stealing generally.

It is unacceptable to fingerprint children, especially without their parents' consent or even knowledge, and coincidentally giving the children the impression that it is acceptable to casually use fingerprints.

There are other more appropriate ways of keeping tabs on library books.

Mrs P Johns, Sandy Lane, Stockton-on-Forest, York.