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Liberty, Security And Biometrics

Liberty, security, and biometrics. Eye scans, facial recognition systems. Police and more are using them. We’ll look at the stakes.

The U.S. military has been gathering biometric information for years. Here they are gathered in Iraq. Now, police departments are getting the same technology. (AP)

The U.S. military has been gathering biometric information for years. Here they are gathered in Iraq. Now, police departments are getting the same technology. (AP)

The next tool in the American police tool belt is a game changer.

A little bit of technology that plugs into an iPhone. It can capture an image of your face. It can scan the pattern of your eyeballs. It will remember forever. And it can track you anywhere.

It’s called the Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System.

Biometrics. American troops have used it all over Iraq and Afghanistan, to ID enemies.

Now it’s coming home. Facial recognition. Iris scans. Sounds like Minority Report. And it’s not just police. Facebook is in the game.

This hour On Point: the age of biometrics.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Julia Angwin, senior technology editor, Wall Street Journal

Daniel Castro, senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Orin Kerr, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of “Program or Be Programmed

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Here’s Douglas Rushkoff talking about the digital future.


Here’s a commercial from a firm making biometrics scanner for police forces.

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