Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform
May 15, 2013 6:01 PM Subscribe
A picture of you plus name, age, SS# in a National Database ACLU of Northern CA call to action. via
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.David Frum takes issue with Wired's assessment:
Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
The idea of the government creating a massive biometric database for virtually all adult Americans is indeed terrifying, and if the story was true, would be cause for genuine outrage.Think progress takes issue with Frum:
Fortunately, Wired's assertion is false.
Think Progress' Andrea Peterson takes issue with my claim that photos do not count as biometric data, and I think I must concur [emphasis mine]:
Your face is, in fact, a unique physiological characteristic — one technology is increasingly able to track. Even if you have a twin, there is no one in the world who has your exact face — thus an identifiable photo of your face is a piece of biometric data. That’s why the FBI Biometric Center of Excellence supports facial recognition and identification work.
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