Saudi Arabia's Passports Department has launched a new fingerprinting system designed to keep track of all pilgrims arriving at the Kingdom's land, sea and air ports.The launch is one of the most important projects adopted by the Ministry of the Interior in recent years, the Arab News reported.The fingerprint technology also assists in detecting criminal records, added the newspaper.Last February, the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) revealed plans for database project that would see biometric data shared to prevent convicted expatriate workers from re-entering any GCC state.The mechanism was discussed by the GCC labour ministers' meeting last October and is now just subject to clearance from the ministries of labour and interior of all GCC countries.