Wednesday, July 13, 2011

REDUX: How police became equipped with biometric iPhones, cameras; NSTIC Public Input deadlines c/o Emily Steel & Julia Angwin 

"The device, which attaches to an iPhone, an officer can snap a picture of a face from up to five feet away, or scan a person's irises from up to six inches away, and do an immediate search to see if there is a match with a database of people with criminal records. The gadget also collects fingerprints." 



As early as 2001, biometrics (iris scans and fingerprints) were pitched into the Senate ring as an amenity to control immigration.  An ad hoc public-private technology work group carried by the National Institute of Standards & Technology,  exactly like the groups today considering cyber identity governance[NSTIC],  came together and haggled over the best ways to deliver on roving biometric captures of would-be criminals. No privacy advocates made the work group cut.  Maybe some refused worry because the California DOJ was present for legal oversight.  [I believe that is an inequitable representation for the other 49 state's interests affected by this policy group, but that's just me...] From there the Dept of Commerce knighted the Mobil ID Work Group to complete their assessments and get their contractors on task.

As a result, taxpayers now get to pay police to license iPhones which also function like roving federal pre-crime database kiosks.   Gee, I wonder who the early adopters are?!!

Well, that would be the FBI.  There is a pecking order.


Today NIST will be evaluating the future implementation of what some are debating is a national ID system for the Internet.

Right now,  groups are assembling in Washington to add their 2 cents as to whether or not you are required to add your cyber ID to access account information on an energy smart grid or for your online banking. If you are poor or unemployed, they may require you to "voluntarily" adopt a government ID to access your benefits.  What are your concerns about this type of federal identity?

Data surveillance and privacy handling are also being discussed now.  If you aren't part of that discussion or the work group, don't worry.  You still have a voice in this matter.  Please see the details for public input below.

Here is second life for news that matters:

Cops to Get Facial Recognition Devices; Will They Need Warrants to Use Them?

Oakland Police equipped with body cameras
"[Capt. Ed Tracey]Tracey said the cameras are proving helpful to a budget-strapped police force that has reduced staff while covering what is still one of the country's most dangerous cities, even though overall crime has trended downward."


  • Washington D.C. -- Homewood Suites by Hilton DC 1475 Massachussetts Ave. NW, 20005
  • July 13th, 14th, 15th; 8 AM - 5 PM  EDT 
  • c/o NIST's, Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board—Presentations from Mississippi [Docket No. 110524296–1289–02],  
  • Topics include Cloud Security & Privacy panel and NSTIC Implementation plans

If you can't make it to Washington D.C. you may add your personal comments on the NSTIC plan for cyber identity.  Comments are due by July 22nd, 2011.  

Detailed Public Notice here

Please address your comments to:

The National Institute of Standards & Technology
c/o Annie Sokol
100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 8930,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Electronic comments can be sent to:

Special Instructions for Paper Submissions:

"Paper submissions should include a compact disc (CD).CDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer and the name of the word processing program used to create the document."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

EFF: FBI's Next Gen ID-database "Bigger and Faster" but Much Worse for Privacy

LIFE  IMITATES  ART: Fictionalized representation of US IDENT badge
depicted in Richard Kelley's film Southland Tales

c/o EFF's Jennifer Lynch

"This week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and several other organizations released documents from a FOIA lawsuit that expose the concerted efforts of the FBI and DHS to build a massive database of personal and biometric information. This database, called “Next Generation Identification” (NGI), has been in the works for several years now. However, the documents CCR posted show for the first time how FBI has taken advantage of the DHS Secure Communities program and both DHS and the State Department’s civil biometric data collection programs to build out this $1 billion database." 



PETITION: Tell Congress, Put a stop to FBI abuses and let Mueller's term expire