There are so many things wrong with this idea it's hard to believe it's come this far. Here's a few examples:
- Risks gravest form of identity theft
- Puts computer passwords at risk
- Lets police access biometric computer passwords without a warrant
- Slippery slopes and treacherous cliffs
- Current systems allow fraud on a massive scale
- Facial recognition industry hopes to merge with surveillance cameras
- DPS put facial recognition in RFP without statutory authority
- Company bidding on TX project had Nevadans personal data stolen
The chief of the DPS drivers license division told me after this morning's hearing she thought it was appropriate for law enforcement to have access to a biometric password to a business or personal computer, without a warrant, because "I trust law enforcement" not to abuse the authority. Really? Ever? Do you think it's okay if police can have your computer password without a warrant, just because it's a thumbprint or facial recognition biometric instead of letters and numbers? That will be Texas law if HB 2337 is enacted.
Since I'm apparently one of hundreds of people who had DPS mail their Texas drivers license to the wrong person (I was supposed to receive my renewal in the mail before May 10, but it never arrived; now my temp permit has expired and I must return to the DMV), I have a difficult time believing DPS never will make a mistake. What government agency could credibly say that? OBVIOUSLY not this one. What a joke.
Eleven senators need to find the gumption to say "no" to this foolishness. So far the skids appear to be greased, though, and liberty's champions remain cowed.
Where are the small government conservatives who agree with this plank of the 2004 Texas GOP platform?
The Party directs that legislation be introduced in both the United States Congress and the Texas Legislature to repeal existing statutory requirements to end the ever increasing, incessant, recurring, and calculated gathering, accumulation, and dissemination of fingerprints, Social Security numbers, financial and personal information of law-abiding citizens by business and governments, the use of which are contrary to and destructive of our individual and collective freedom. Such legislation shall provide remedy and redress to any individual denied service for refusing to provide the above-mentioned information.So far, they appear few and far between.