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Groups: Calif. DMV snuck in biometrics for driver's licenses

Consumer rights groups in California are protesting what they claim is an attempt by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to sneak in via the backdoor a fingerprint and facial recognition system for issuing driver's licenses in the state...

Unlike other forms of identification, such as a driver's license number, a biometric identifier such as a facial image or thumb print, cannot be changed in the event of a data breach, potentially resulting in lasting problems for victims, added Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the EFF. "Basically, any kind of biometric is a piece of information that is uniquely linked to you and cannot be revoked," he said.

Thursday, February 5, 2009
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