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Texas DPS’ Face and ALL Ten Prints Biometric Policy Makes Everone a Suspect


Kaye Beach
July 14, 2014

Like Oklahoma, Texas requires applicants for a state drivers license or ID card to submit to his or her facial and finger biometrics to being captured and stored. But Texas has recently upped the ante requiring those who wish to have a state issued driver’s license of ID card, to submit to the scanning and retention of all ten fingerprints.

Texas lawmakers have passed legislation that allows the Department of Public Safety to get all ten of your fingerprints the next time you renew your drivers license. And the DPS quietly began doing that this year.

‘To Cut Down On Fraud, DPS Wants Fingerprints To Renew Drivers License,’

If you are already offended by the notion of the notion of being fingerprinted like a common criminal just to get an driver’s license or ID card you will be horrified by what Ryan Barrett, a former DPS employee who resigned over the new fingerprinting policy, reveals about what is actually being done with the data.

His main objection, he tells The Watchdog, is that all fingerprints of Texans are now being run through the state’s criminal database. (my bold)

…Barrett says he is not against catching criminals. The problem, he says, is that if someone has no criminal record, a new record is created of the innocent individual and stored in the statewide database called AFIS.

…Barrett says he believes the reason DPS quietly launched the program this year without public announcement is because such a public notice would have touched off a debate about the program’s legality.

Read more, ‘The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints,’ July 12, 2014, DallasNews.com

Dave Lieber, Watchdog Reporter for the Dallas Morning News is doing a fine job of investigating and reporting on this story which he first reported  on back on June 7, 2014.

Watchdog: Driver’s license centers snatch your fingerprints

[. . .]Quietly, earlier this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety began requiring full sets of fingerprints from everyone who obtains a new driver’s license or photo identification card.

[. . .]Since 2010, Texas has used facial recognition software to match driver’s license photos with government databases looking for persons wanted by law enforcement for various reasons.

The state’s Image Verification System also matches known faces from driver’s licenses and photo ID cards with sketches of criminal suspects, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman explained in answer to The Watchdog’s questions.

[. . . ]In the Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which Marina found, authorities cite identity theft and terrorism as two motivators for using fingerprints and facial recognition software.

Checking fingerprints, the plan says, will help officials locate people seeking a second, unauthorized identification card.

The plan states that fingerprints will be compared with the federal Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System to identify criminals and terrorists.  Read more

July 12, 2014 article, The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints

And here is Lieber’s article published today, July 14, 2014, that allows the whistleblower and a representative for the Texas Department of Public Safety,  to both give their perspective in their own words.

Judge for yourself if fingerprint taking is necessary for Texas driver’s licenses


I love the DPS whistleblower, Ryan Barrett’s,  final thoughts on the matter.

‘…you can use any means or methods to stop crime and then justify it with the DPS’s blanket ‘safety’ statement.  You can say the DPS is placing RFID chips in all driver’s license holders, and then justify it with the the same sentence Tom used: that it stops fraud, combats terrorism, and keeps people safe.  In fact, I’m sure it probably would stop a little fraud, or some crime, but that doesn’t mean it is morally right, in line with the concept of citizens’ privacy, or cost-effective.  You could search every single house in a city when a crime is committed and justify it with that statement, and yes, the police would probably find some crime or wrong-doing.  But again, that doesn’t mean it’s morally right…’

Read more, ‘The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints,’ July 12, 2014, DallasNews.com


Prison-Yard America

10-17-2011  •  Future of Freedom Foundation/Wendy McElroy 

Since September, a public-school district in Florida has been taking fingerprint scans at the entrance to schools as a way to monitor attendance. The scans are compared against a database of students to detect truants. As in most highly intrusive school policies, parents are thrown a bone of control by allowing them to request an “opt out” for their children. An opted-out student needs to pursue a teacher and go through a special sign-in every day. In terms of time, convenience, and avoidance of stigma, students have a strong incentive to comply quietly.

But the current scanner setup is not efficient enough; the location makes it “difficult to keep track of every student.” And so the district is experimenting with supplementary scanners on the school buses that almost every student uses.

The schools’ superintendent, Sandra Cook, acknowledges that the transition has not been easy. Why not? Have parents complained about the Orwellian violation of children’s privacy? Are they outraged by the state’s assumption that children’s fingerprints are state property unless objections are raised?

TV station WJHG explains, “One of the biggest challenges they’ve faced is where to put the devices on the buses. State safety codes require the aisles to be kept completely clear, so one of the ideas they’ve discussed is to put a laptop on one side of the steering wheel and the finger scan system on the other.” The discussion revolves, not around rights, but around technical issues.

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AxXiom for Liberty Live Friday May 13 6pm CST-The Alaska Privacy Rebellion!

May 13, 2011


Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty-

Jason Giaimo, a respected Management Accountant and Horst Poepperl, CEO of Borealis Broadband Inc. will tell us why we should think twice before submitting to the casual collection of our biometric data and what they are doing to try and protect the personal information of the people of Alaska.

In 2008 Jason Giaimo got a nasty surprise when trying to finish his CPA exam.

“After about five years of education and testing, studying and preparation, I was in the last two days of my requirements to actually get my certification as a state CPA.”

“I had already taken the first parts of the exam and I just had to show up and show two forms of ID. The rules changed on January 1, 2008, where the company involved decided they wanted to collect fingerprints from the test takers, and for a fee.”

So what did he do when confronted with the choice of providing his fingerprints and completing his exam or not giving up his prints and not being permitted to complete his test?

He said no.

“I actually refused. I’ve never been fingerprinted or been in trouble in my life. I thought that was ridiculous,” Giaimo observed. “Being a trained financial auditor, it didn’t take me long to find out that the company that takes those fingerprints send them, encrypted, over the internet to an international data mining firm called ChoicePoint.”

Jason refused to be fingerprinted but offered up every other possible form of ID. He offered to show his US passport, driver’s license, social security card and even his original birth certificate but was told that all of this was insufficient.

 No biometric, no test.

Jason says “This is clearly NOT about identification, but about data collection”

He’s right.

Jason Giaimo, a respected Management Accountant and Horst Poepperl, CEO of Borealis Broadband Inc. will tell why you should think twice before submitting to the casual collection of your biometric data and what they are doing to try and protect the personal information of the people of Alaska.

Privacy Now Alsaka warns;

Data Mining companies, the companies that collect your personal information and then sell it to others, now want to create the conditions that will force you to submit your fingerprints.

Those fingerprints will, of course, be electronically stored and sold along with the rest of your personal information to whomever.  Or worse, potentially lost to hackers or other criminals.

Think about this for a minute:

  • What if you were denied a driver’s license or the ability to hold ANY job unless you submitted your fingerprints to the Government? (It’s happening now!)
  • What if your child were denied access to education, the SAT or CPA exam unless they submitted to a fingerprinting “for ID” . . . even if they showed a US Passport and driver’s license as ID?  (It’s happening now!)
  • What if you were denied a job because you wouldn’t submit your fingerprints to the database of a data mining firm (even a foreign one) that makes billions from the sale of your private information?  (It’s happening now!)
  • Or if your child were denied lunch at school unless they submitted to being fingerprinted first?  (It’s happening now!)

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Kids Are Giving Oklahoma Schools the Finger

Kaye Beach


There it is!

Parents report that finger scanning has been implemented in Putnam City Schools.

“A computerized cashiering system is used for all students in middle school cafeterias. This system, known as “biometrics,” allows your child to access his or her meal account by touching a finger to a small scanner at the cafeteria cash register. Students will have their finger scanned and the system will create a template based on the scan. Students will no longer be required to carry meal cards.”

Why has the school decided to implement finger scanning?  Apparently to make the lunch lines faster.

“The real plus of this system is that while students’ meal cards can be misplaced or loaned to friends, fingers cannot. Using a touchpad scanner means every time students step up to the cafeteria cash register, they’re good to go,” says Jennifer Strong, the district’s director of Child Nutrition.

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The collection of biometric data is an extremely sensitive matter and nothing less than fully informed active consent should be acceptable.  Active consent is when the parent must grant permission in writing before their child is allowed to participate in something, passive consent means if the parent does nothing, it is assumed  that permission is granted.

Putnam City Schools say that;

Parents who prefer that their students use the meal card system rather than the biometric system may contact the cafeteria to opt out of the biometric system. In this case, students must carry their meal cards in order to access their cafeteria accounts. Read More

Parents may also “opt out” by signing this form and returning it to the school.

The schools and the vendors assure  parents that the scanners pose no security or privacy risks to children.

It’s not the scanners I’m worried about, is the people in charge of administering the system.  I also don’t fear guns jumping up and shooting me but I do keep a close eye on the person handling it.

Sodexo, a food service provider, is the corporation running the finger scanning operation in Oklahoma and in other states has a less than stellar record regarding safety.

SodexoFood Safety:

Bad Burgers Make Metro Students Sick

Posted at 11:02 AM on January 17, 2006

ChannelOklahoma.com reports that several metro middle school students were sick Friday night after eating food that had been left out since before Christmas.

Read More

OSHA Fines New Jersey School Contractor Sodexo for Serious Safety Hazards

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 – SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Sodexo, one of the state’s largest school contractors, for nine serious safety hazards that endangered workers and could have harmed students in the South Plainfield School District.

Read More

Nov. 2007

BATAVIABatavia school administrators are considering ending their contract with food-services provider Sodexho after a child sex offender was found working in two school kitchens last week.


Sodexo Busted for Overcharging Scheme-


Settlement part of ongoing, industry-wide investigation


Sodexo. not surprisingly, is also pretty laid back when it comes to collecting your kids’ biometrics;

Sodexo  Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s new food service contractor violated state law when it collected fingerprints from students

Monday, Aug. 16 2010

Arizona law forbids schools from collecting “biometric information,” including finger scans, without proper advance notice and written consent from parents.

Read more

These stories are just a sampling of the problems with Sodexo.

The schools tell parents;

“This system is very secure and can only be used for identification in the school cafeteria. It does not store fingerprints or images of the fingerprint.”

I have no specific knowledge of the system they are using so I can’t refute or affirm these claims.  I do know a bit about biometrics and identification systems as well as the governmental policies in place regarding the use of biometrics and this much I know this much for sure;   our government is hell bent on collecting our biometrics.  They have been working diligently on database interoperability (ensuring that various systems are using a universal language  so that they can “talk” to one another)

They don’t simply want the biometric (technically, they use the “template” of the biometric), they want the associated biographical data as well and  are moving into an access controlled society and your biometrics data is the preferred credential.

In order to access a given place, service or good first your credentials or ID must be checked to determine if you are authorized access.  Just like the kiddo’s lining up to scan then eat.  By the way, this is great training for them to accept a numbered, cashless society without a fuss.

Here’s the problem.  If some authority has the power to permit access then they also have the power to deny access.  With biometrics, your body is your ID.

Recently I read an article where a former  East German lady was being interviewed about life before the wall came down.  She was asked why German’s didn’t raise a ruckus when Checkpoint Charlie went up.  She said because they always let everyone pass…until one day they didn’t.


Every time you are ID’d you are at a checkpoint but with this technology there are no papers involved, the effect is exactly the same.  The reality is that you will pass only if the authority approves your credentials and guess what?  They get to set the criteria for who is allowed to pass and they can also change that criteria at any time.

Right now it is simply for lunchroom ID but in short order the ID system will expand and when it does they will begin to make the databases interoperable.  I mean, why have a separate system for the bus and the library?  Just combine the data systems and make one database for the whole school.

Then the separate school systems may as well combine because there will be some crossover services between schools like busing to ball games.  There will also be more and more electronic services like tele-classes, virtual library borrowing and don’t forget health care which is rapidly moving into the school systems.  So school wide, district wide statewide and nationwide interoperable databases are becoming be a must. 

How do I know?

Because I am watching the same thing happen with data systems everyday. 

Separate data bases are referred to as “silos” by our government and corporations who really want to gain access to as much of our information as possible. They want to break down these silos, and they are doing it.  Public schools are NO exception!  In fact, we are moving to common data standards systems right now for the express purpose of combining multiple student information data sets into one national data warehouse.

The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)

SIF is not a product, but an industry initiative that enables diverse applications to interact and share data. As of March 2007, SIF is estimated to have been used in more than 48 states and 6 countries, supporting five million students

SIF-Breaking Down Silos

“We recognized that only through some kind of integration system could we effectively manage these expanding stores of siloed data,” he says. “[No Child Left Behind] would later emerge as a driver of this integration, but just the notion of systemic use of the information was appealing. It became clear that we couldn’t leave it all in silos. The creation of the SIF specification solved that problem. In fact, it was created to do just that.” Read More


•Oklahoma is the first state to become fully SIF compliant
•Oklahoma is the first state to do so legislatively.
70 OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 3-161 (2007), available at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/OK_Statutes/CompleteTitles/os70.rtf (Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program)

SIF Category Information (the info they are collecting and sharing now)

“SIF is interested in internationalising the specification. This of course expands the marketplace for vendors who have implemented SIF-enabled products”–from the Report on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2003

Our financial records, health records and driving records are all separate systems and this is good!  With our information safely ensconced in “silos” Only the people that need to know a specific piece of information about you see that information.  Put ALL of that info together and what happens if it gets stolen or compromised?

But don’t take my word for it, listen to Zbigniew:

“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society.  Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. […] The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase.  It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date, complete files, containing even most personal information about the health or personal behavior of the citizen in addition to more customary data.

These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”
-Zbigniew Brzezinski

another quote:

“We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security State.” Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (2003-2008)

Personally, I don’t want any part of it.