The many people who habitually make a "V" sign when posing for photographs may need to be more cautious in the future. According to a recent study by a Japanese research institute, it's possible for fingerprints to be stolen with information no more sensitive than a high-definition "V" sign photo.
A number of fingerprint identification experts told Beijing News that retrieving fingerprints from high-resolution photos is technically feasible. However, the risk of this happening is not so high.
According to Yin Desen, a researcher for the Ministry of Public Security, the technical processing of such images can yield fingerprints, but retrieving fingerprints from a single photo is more difficult. Several experts stated that they have never encountered a criminal case involving fingerprints stolen from photos.
Yin nevertheless suggests that people take precautionary measures when linking their fingerprints with other information. (news from People's daily online)