July 19, 2012
In July, the Department of Homeland Security announced it has branched “out from fingerprint matching to iris and facial recognition for identity verification” and is considering “additional biometric modalities” in an aggressive push to establish a sprawling Stasi-like data network.
Government implementation of biometric technology has come to the attention of Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law dealing with facial recognition and civil liberties.
Concerns about civil liberties, however, will not slow down Big Brother.
The FBI has announced it is working to establish a tattoo “symbols” database as part of an overarching effort to “foster collaboration, improve information sharing, and advance the adoption of optimal biometric and identity management solutions within the FBI and across the law enforcement and national security communities.” The agency is serious about “ongoing work in other modalities including voice and face recognition, handwriting, palmprints, scars, marks, and tattoos.”
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