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A newly announced FBI plan to catalog precise physical characteristics of individuals around the world — a vast $1 billion dollar project that makes the bureau’s fingerprint database look quaint by comparison — is raising eyebrows among critics who worry about how the data may be used.Taking advantage of the science of biometrics, which relies on precise body measurements unique to every human being, the FBI hopes to be able to identify criminal and terrorist suspects by face-shape, scars and even iris patterns.But the idea raises some red flags for CNN legal analyst Sonny Hostin.
New York City police are moving forward on a multimillion-dollar counter-terrorism initiative, installing more than a hundred license plate readers and eventually thousands of cameras in Lower Manhattan...The license plate readers are just the tip of the iceberg in what's billed as the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative.
We're looking to put in, ultimately, a thousand cameras in public spaces, link it to 2,000 private sector cameras,?says Kelly.
All the cameras would be monitored by police at one location. Virtually anyone who walks or drives south of Canal Street could be under surveillance.
Originally posted by apc
There may be little stopping them from "getting it," but there's a whole lot of laws preventing them from using it. While the notion that they could obtain a DNA sample from a blood donation is ludicrous, even if they did legally the clinic would be acting as a federal agent and subject to privacy laws. Meaning you would have to sign something at the time of donation saying, "Yes the feds can have my blood." The same applies for personally identifiable biometric data. You must knowingly permit them to take measurements, otherwise any use of the data in court is inadmissible. As I suggested before, compliance with Real ID most likely volunteers this information by default.