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if you want to catch a criminal, there's an app for it too. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS for short, is a smartphone attachment that will be used by some police departments across the country in a few months.
It seems, there's an app for everything these days. There's no surprise that if you want to catch a criminal, there's an app for it too. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS for short, is a smartphone attachment that will be used by some police departments across the country in a few months, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The gadget works by snapping a photo of a face from five-feet away or scanning a person's irises, so the person's face can be matched against a database of people with criminal records. The device can also collect fingerprints. The attachment to the iPhone costs $3,000.
Privacy groups are already getting worried about the use of this technology in law enforcement.
The gadget is made by Biometric Intelligence and Identification Technologies. The company will give 1,0000 devices to 40 law enforcement agencies, according to Forbes. The biometric hand-held device is based on the iPhone and it can be used to identify iris, face and fingerprint - allowing police officers to identify any offenders that have been enrolled in the local or national database, within seconds.
It can ID sex offenders, illegal immigrants, gang members, individuals with outstanding warrants as well as parolees and probationers. The use of biometrics goes beyond law enforcement.
According to a Big Think blog:
The same technology that makes it possible to spot an Al Qaeda insurgent in Afghanistan or nab a suspected terrorist in New York City also makes it possible to nab an undocumented migrant worker in El Paso or Laredo. And therein lies the problem.
The fact that biometrics is hand-held is game changing. The U.S. is using biometrics to identify people in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the New York Times:
“You can present a fake identification card,” said Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. “You can shave your beard off. But you can’t change your biometrics.” The task force conducts detention, judicial and biometrics operations — responsibilities that will be turned over to the Afghan government.
The Defense Department is spending $3.5 billion on biometrics programs from 2007 to 2015, the Times also reports.
So what do you think about facial profiling? Will it create tension the same way TSA pat-down drama has in the past?
"The demand for biometric technologies has increased significantly following the events of 9/11," BI2 Technologies said.
Photo: Screen Shot from BI2 Technologies
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Jul 14, 2011
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I am concerned about the dangers of abuse that this tool provides. Here in Oregon there has been along history of the Red Scare where activists for social justice from labor, civil rights to feminism have been targeted. Nationwide the police and FBI have already raided the homes of individuals and organizations for legally peacefully opposing the war in the Middle East. It makes me wonder for the potential for abuse to any law department that wants to fudge a file that matches the retina scan.
Love it Love it Love it!! Get it as soon as possible to the police! As for illegal immigrants, they wouldn't show up unless they had commited a crime!
"The same technology that makes it possible to spot an Al Qaeda insurgent in Afghanistan or nab a suspected terrorist in New York City also makes it possible to nab an undocumented migrant worker in El Paso or Laredo. And therein lies the problem." How is this a problem? Illegal=Illegal=needs to be dealt with under the whatever the laws says needs to be done. Is smartplanet actually endorsing looking the other way when a crime is committed? I'm kind of confused as to why this quote is even in the story... While I understand many people's concerns over Big Brother type actions, this new tech does nothing more than save them the step of driving the suspect to the nearest police station and manually running these tests.
It could of course help to keep criminals off the street. BUT ... There are so many FALSELY CONVICTED people, and people who SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF THE CURRENT BULLSH!T LAWS, that this could (and probably will) turn into yet another way for police to terrorize citizens who are simply trying to live their lives. One guideline to remember: in a system of (guided or not) social DIS-evolution -- where the factors of repression and enforcement act against the common freedom -- ANY improvements in the technology of enforcement WILL be used against the common freedom by the enforcers. So remember: you asked for it, if you let the police have every toy they want.