Saturday, November 22, 2008


That picture on your Indiana driver's license will NOW be part of a pilot  HOMELAND SECURITY program which will test face-recognition technology at three undisclosed branches during mid-November in Indianapolis, said Dennis Rosebrough, BMV communications director.

They say this program was designed to prevent residents from obtaining more than one driver's license or identification card or from stealing someone else's identity in order to sell it to the public. The technology should be at all 140 state branches by the end of the month. However, the applications of this program are much more broad and sweeping. How would you feel if the DMV was taking your finger print and running a background check on you every time you got a new drivers license.  This is THE EXACT SAME THING. Only worse. Why? Because they can't track your finger prints with cameras but they can track your face. 

"It's a nationwide issue," Rosebrough said Thursday. Why because it is a first step towards a national ID card and because then the government can track your movements when ever your face is recorded on a government monitored security camera.

When Indiana residents renew their driver's licenses or state identification cards, BMV workers first visually compare the new photo to the most recent one in the system. "If it's clearly not the same person, the process stops there," Rosebrough said.

If the pictures are the same, a person receives a new license, he said. A $2.4 million software program will provide a second look.

"At night, the system will do a scan of all of the 6 million-plus photos in the database and match them against all photos to see if your photo is on a credential with a different name," Rosebrough said.

The program from Connecticut-based L-1 Identity Solutions will look for matching points on the face, such as the distance between pupils, and compare those to other images with the same data points, Rosebrough said. The next morning, the BMV will receive a report of any names and faces that are suspect.

"To the public, it will be pretty invisible," Rosebrough said. It is a form of spying.

About 20 states use the technology, Rosebrough said. The Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies use their own databases but would have access to this one if needed.

"Facial-recognition software will mean you can be tracked anywhere there are government cameras."

It also has been reported by some who were renewing at the BMV that when they scan your face for your new license you CANNOT have...

1. Glasses on
2. Facial Hair
3. or open your mouth.


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