October 13, 2009

Of Course You Agreed To Participate! [1:12 pm]

FBI delves into DMV photos in high-tech search for fugitives (pdf)

The project in North Carolina has already helped apprehend at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong.

“Everybody’s participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver’s license,’’ said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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