Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Equipment

Kaye Beach

July 30, 2011

“Surveillance comes with a price. It dulls the edge of public debate, imposes a sense of conformity and introduces the uneasy feeling of being watched. It chills culture and stifles dissent. … The new legal authorities and the government’s partnership with private information companies now pose a direct threat to this three-decade-old effort toward openness. … Their capabilities have raced far ahead of the nation’s understanding and laws. The legacy of these efforts will be with us for many years.”

Robert O Harrow- Nowhere to Hide

by Raven Clabough

July 14, 2011

July Law enforcement officers across the country are preparing to make widespread use of facial recognition equipment to identify people based on a picture of their face or a scan of their iris, or on a fingerprint reader. And concerns have already been raised among the liberty-minded over how the information would be gathered and used. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System (MORIS), produced by B12 Technologies of Plymouth, Massachusetts, runs on the iphone platform. B12 officials report that the company already has contracts with 40 government agencies to deliver 1,000 devices

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