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Facial Recognition Device Draws Attention

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

July 13, 2011

Facial recognition technology is coming to the smartphones of law enforcement officers, raising concerns about constitutional and informational privacy. The Wall Street Journal reports that a Massachusetts technology company has agreements to outfit dozens of agencies with its hand-held facial recognition device in the coming months. The device will let officers identify individuals from five feet away, and it will link to a database with stored biometrics. "The database is the golden nugget of the whole thing," says its maker's CEO, who adds that his company does not sell the stored data. The company hopes to develop facial recognition applications for the healthcare and financial services sectors, too, according to the report. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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