Skip to comments.Police to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns
Posted on 07/21/2011 5:11:58 AM PDT by Ratman83
Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company's already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.
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So who needs an Iphone?
"Yeah, there's an app for that..."
$3,000? What is an iris scanner other than a high-resolution camera? You can buy a dozen megapixel camera for under $100 if the iPhone's camera isn't good enough. Does the other $2,900 pay for the database usage, or is there a separate subscription charge for that too? Even if it includes a fingerprint scanner, those are pretty cheap now.
Some cops appear to be spending "free" federal money for toys instead of law enforcement.
This is Police using department issued Iphones to scan you. You Know they get all the got toys to have fun with.
But don’t videotape the cops. It makes them mad.
Can they scan you without your permission?
Of course they can, just like they take DNA without your permission, etc, etc, etc
We are subjects, not citizens.
Yeah old boys network.
Mad nay they will just arrest or shoot you, got to keep it real.
It sure seems to be going that way.
It will not be long when the police will have the ability of facial recognition in a pair of glasses they will wear.
It will be an invaluable tool in determining if the person you are contacting is wanted or has warrants without asking them for identification.
Officers wearing cameras are going to be widespread in the next five years, greatly in part because of people filming them. This will enhance accountability.
When attached to an iPhone, MORIS can photograph a person's face and run the image through software that hunts for a match in a BI2-managed database of U.S. criminal records. Each unit costs about $3,000Uhhhh ... exsqueeze me?
Or exactly secure. Like from HACKING or illegal use and/or dissemination by some disgruntled queen with a boyfriend problem.
As to the $3K per iPhone app:
Beat Cops in Chicago have some of the crappiest equipment to work with in the USA. Patrol Cars that won't run. Batteries that are dead or die while on patrol (jumper cables are always be called for). In car computers and cameras that don't work. Bald tires, Flat tires and/or no Spare tires -- which they have to change themselves IN UNIFORM if they get a flat and lights and sirens that don't work. And best of all (/s) personal radios that don't work (kinda dangerous imho). Not to mention they're understaffed as to how many Beat Cops they should have on the streets during every shift.So maybe it's just me but I *think* that $3k per app + iphone cost could be spent a bit #$&@ing WISER!
I listen to the CPD Radio Calls every day (like right now) through an on-line scanner. My MIL still lives in Chi and I worry about the old neighborhood and her safety as it's now a gang-banging Mexican Barrio thanks to that asshat Daley.
(I wouldn't be a Chi Cop for $250K per year -- and all tax free!)
Iris scanners have been around for the last 25 years. They are used for identification for bank employees in some cases.
Valid points, but I am not sure if the provate company will have the database. The cost is certainly an issue.
The first to find a lost cop Iphone will have lots of details of people to Youtube about. Or even more likely the kid of the cop, going around with mom/dad’s borrowed work Iphone, to upload iris scan info on social media sites, just for lulz.
Damned good prosecution evidence vs. suspects, too.
Except when they "accidentally" "lose" the footage after they beat the crap out of you for no reason, then prosecute you for felony wiretapping because you filmed them.
The only good civilian is a dead civilian.