For instance, "Seventeen (85 percent) of the 20 state agencies surveyed reported that they used a third-party vendor to collect fingerprints. Of those 17 state agencies, 16 reported that they used the services of the Department of Public Safety’s FAST contractor —L-1 Identity Solutions—to collect fingerprints. L-1 Identity Solutions contracts and works with the Department of Public Safety to provide fingerprinting services throughout the state." (FAST stands for "Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas.") Though the survey didn't mention it, in July L-1 Identity Solutions was acquired by a French military contractor, Safran [NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF], and will be operated by one of their subsidiaries called Morpho.
A quarter of agencies surveyed (5 of 20) store fingerprint information with a third-party vendor, presumably L-1/Safran, instead of exclusively in their own systems or with state or local law enforcement. I don't much like that: When you apply for a job with a state agency and give them your fingerprints, it's a bit unnerving to think that some private military contractor from France will end up storing the data.
Indeed, when asked "who stores the fingerprints for your organization" - the agency itself, state or local law-enforcement, or a third-party vendor - four agencies listed "Other." (There was overlap in the answers, with some saying more than one entity stored the data.) There's no way to know from the report who are these "other"entities storing fingerprint data.
Seventy percent of agencies surveyed (14) did not know whether the image quality of fingerprint scans meet the minimum scan quality of 500 pixels per inch as required by the FBI ("per the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 500-275"). So therein lies at least the potential for errors if the agencies simply aren't aware of whether or not they meet minimal technical requirements for accuracy.
Agencies included in the survey were:
- Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
- Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
- Board of Law Examiners.
- Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
- Credit Union Department.
- Department of Aging and Disability Services.
- Department of Banking.
- Department of Family and Protective Services.
- Department of Insurance.
- Department of Licensing and Regulation.
- Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending.
- Department of State Health Services.
- Funeral Service Commission.
- Health and Human Services Commission.
- Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner.
- Optometry Board.
- Racing Commission.
- Texas Board of Nursing.
- Texas Education Agency.
- Texas Medical Board.