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Police Photo Databases Spur Concerns

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

June 18, 2013

The Washington Post reports that databases created to combat driver’s license fraud containing photos of 120 million people “increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.” And that is spurring concerns about the use of facial-recognition technology and the creation of “what amounts to a national identification system—based on the distinct geography of each human face,” the report states. “Where is government going to go with that years from now?” said Brett Geymann, a Louisiana state representative. “Here your driver’s license essentially becomes a national ID card.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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