Interpol, the international police agency, has announced its intent to create a database of facial biometrics of known criminals to more effectively stop and detain them at borders, according to a Guardian article.
The technology that is being planned for would be fairly similar to the biometric gates that were implemented in Manchester airport earlier this year. This would be Interpol’s first foray into mass screening travelers.
Civil liberty groups such as No2ID are already getting worried about where the balance of security and privacy shifts away from privacy in systems such as these. Interpol officials are continuing with planning despite some public concern and will be speaking about such future programs at the opening of the 2008 biometrics conference in Westminster.
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