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Law Enforcement To Begin Iris Scanning

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

July 21, 2011

Reuters reports on new iris- and face-scanning technology that could improve the speed and accuracy of police work but raises privacy and civil liberties concerns. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System (MORIS) scans an individual's iris to detect unique patterns so that law enforcement can identify a suspect more quickly. The MORIS technology can also be attached to smartphones and photograph a person's face, which then runs the image through a database to identify the individual. A representative from the technology's manufacturer says the application will not be intrusive because "it requires a level of cooperation that makes it very overt--a person knows that you're taking a picture for this purpose." 
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