Why Is the Government Collecting Your Biometric Data?

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Lisa Simeone, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Why Is the Government Collecting Your Biometric Data?
    EFF's Jennifer Lynch discusses the expansion of biometric data collection, the growth of databases and the impact on increased surveillance.
    By the way, Frontline did a report on how unreliable fingerprinting actually is, despite what we've been told for decades. Many forensic scientists aren't even using it anymore because fingerprints aren't, in fact, unique identifiers:
    Fingerprints Can Lie
  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    On a related subject...

    I went to a biometrics conference year ago (I went somewhat undercover)... turns out that a lot of people can't 'enroll' (can't get a good print from them) because their fingerprints aren't well-defined. Those who work with certain chemicals for long periods don't have reliable fingerprints, and oddly, older Asian women have a lot of trouble giving good prints.

    One of the things that I took away from the conference is that using at least two biometrics together is far more reliable than using only one. Look for fingerprints to be combined with iris scans in the not-too-distant-future.
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yes, that's what I'm afraid of. It's already happening. And there are oodles of people just dying to give up all sorts of biometric data to Uncle Sam -- "just get me to my flight on time!"

    P.S. That article relates that there have been over 3,000 legal U.S. citizens wrongly deported since these databases have been consolidated. There's so much wrong information in them. Can you imagine being a parent with kids at home or at school, and suddenly your (expletive deleted) is in a jail cell and you're being sent away, with no recourse, because of these screwed-up databases?? Horrible.

    Erik Larson talked about this stuff in his book 20 years ago. We never learn. I've quoted him several times in various threads here.


  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

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