Thursday, February 05, 2009

Calififornia DMV Tried to Sneak In Biometrics for Driver's Licenses, Groups Claim

Jaikumar Vijayan writes on ComputerWorld:

Consumer rights groups in California are protesting what they claim is an attempt by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to sneak in via the backdoor a fingerprint and facial-recognition system for issuing driver's licenses in the state.

The groups claim that the use of such biometric technology has been opposed by state legislators in the past, and that the DMV was trying to do an end-run around opposition by hiding its plans in a seemingly innocuous vendor contract.

If unchallenged, the contract would allow the DMV to establish a new government biometric database containing facial and fingerprint information on more than 25 million Californians over the age of 16, without first giving legislators and technology experts a chance to vet the proposal.

The DMV did not respond to a request for comment.

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